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NDB Strives to Empower SMEs through Partnership with IFC

25 May 2023

There has been substantial growth in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Sri Lanka, amidst countless market and financial challenges. To further empower a critical growth engine in the country, the National Development Bank (NDB) in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) conducted a series of webinars to boost and expand operation of SMEs across Sri Lanka.

NDB Bank and IFC have a longstanding partnership spanning for decades, with IFC assisting the Bank in realigning its strategic vision of expanding access to financial services across Sri Lanka. By leveraging IFC’s expertise, NDB was able to transform the bank, enabling it to deliver greater business impacts.

The ongoing webinar series that kicked off in March till the end of June aims to help small businesses improve their operational efficiencies and empower Sri Lankan SMEs, thereby also enabling the Bank to expand its reach across the country. Representing a diverse set of entrepreneurs – including from agriculture, tourism and hospitality, trading, logistics and transport, education, healthcare – the series covers a wide array of subject areas including tips on access to finance, innovation, marketing, digital business, among others. 

During these sessions, NDB was also able to advise audiences on how the global pandemic, compounded by the country’s economic crisis have affected certain processes in the bank, including on lending and loan submissions. Further, information related to special financing options, multilateral or bilateral funding schemes, special customer service/relationship measures were also included. Through the series, the Bank also guided the SMEs on the enhanced digital banking services that have emerged as a result of multiple crises, including on loan processing to avoid physical branch visits, guidance or measures for forbearance, deferments as well as on restructuring of loans.

About NDB and IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with private enterprises in more than 100 countries, the IFC uses capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2022, IFC committed a record of $32.8 billion investments to private companies and financial institutes in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to achieve the World Bank Group’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

NDB Bank is the fourth largest listed commercial bank in Sri Lanka. The Bank emerged as the Most Awarded Corporate in Sri Lanka in 2022 for the second consecutive year, as per the annual rankings of Sri Lankan publication LMD. The Bank was adjudged as the Best Bank in Sri Lanka 2022 by Global Finance USA and Euro money in their annual best bank awards programmes. Additionally, The Bank was named one of the "Top 50 Best Workplaces in Sri Lanka 2022" by Great Place To Work, USA. NDB is the parent company of the NDB Group comprising NDB capital markets subsidiary companies, together forming a unique banking and capital market services group. The Bank is committed to empowering the nation and its people through meaningful financial and advisory services, powered by digital banking solutions.