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Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by MyVc: 10:39am On Oct 04, 2019
Union Bank of Nigeria Plc has announced that it has secured US$200 million in funding via a partnership with sub-Saharan Africa financial services group, Atlas Mara Limited, in agreement with Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) the U.S. government's development finance institution.

Under the terms of the agreement, Union Bank will receive a ten-year term credit facility of up to US$200 million from OPIC for investments in digitization, on-lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and funding for women-led businesses, as part of OPIC's Women's initiative which aims to catalyse US$I billion for investment in women across developing nations.

The agreement is consistent with Union Bank's long-standing commitment to enabling enterprise and empowering women-owned businesses. Earlier this year, Union Bank launched Alpher (a), a dynamic proposition aimed at uplifting women across all segments of the Nigerian society through capacity building opportunities, networking platforms, scholarships, and tailored financial services for women.

Last year, Union Bank also introduced an innovative business acceleration program, 'Startup Connect, which enables Nigerian businesses creating technology-based solutions to be more competitive in the rapidly expanding African technology market. Union Bank has been steadfast in providing innovative services where SMEs can access up to US$20,000 per quarter for importation without opening Letters of Credit or Bills for Collection under the Form Q scheme.

Speaking on the funding milestone, Emeka Emuwa, CEO of Union Bank said,

"We welcome this partnership with OPIC as we are well-positioned in Nigeria to further advance lending to key segments of the population, especially SMEs. The 10-year tenor of the OPIC facility provides flexibility to maximize impact across key sectors of the Nigerian economy as we continue to advance proven initiatives including those focused on women's banking and financial inclusion."

David Bohigian, Acting President and CEO of OPIC also noted that "OPIC is delighted to partner with Atlas Mara and the team at Union Bank to drive inclusive lending in Nigeria. This funding benefits SMEs and women and will help serve the needs of underbanked and unbanked individuals and businesses while fostering entrepreneurship and economic development across Nigeria."

Source: https://financialmetricsnigeria.com/union-bank-secures-200-million-opic-funding-for-smes-and-women-initiatives/

Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by francescainnoce(f): 11:02am On Oct 04, 2019
this is a good development. The SMEs play a significant role in building the economy of a nation's. They lag behind in several ways esp technology and business alignment. Hopefully, these grey areas will be put into consideration. Financial aid is vital however adequate awareness is required to propel their good use of any financial aid allocated to them.

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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by Emeskhalifa(m): 11:03am On Oct 04, 2019
Good time to be a woman cry

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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by MANNABBQGRILLS: 11:03am On Oct 04, 2019
Under the terms of the agreement, Union Bank will receive a ten-year term credit facility of up to US$200 million from OPIC for investments in digitization, on-lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and funding for women-led businesses, as part of OPIC's Women's initiative which aims to catalyse US$I billion for investment in women across developing nations.
This is a very good one.
We hope it will benefit the SMEs and women in business it is for.

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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by Thisis2raw(m): 11:03am On Oct 04, 2019
Everything about Nigeria is borrowing and loan.
We are so indebted to the neck.
SMH
Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by Freemanbobble: 11:05am On Oct 04, 2019
Okay
Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by OiOi: 11:06am On Oct 04, 2019
This is a welcome development.

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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by Wasky101: 11:06am On Oct 04, 2019
Only if it would go to sme's and women.
The real ballers be licking lips now

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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by Nobody: 11:06am On Oct 04, 2019
ok
Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by Echatbook: 11:07am On Oct 04, 2019
Ok

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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by generationz(f): 11:08am On Oct 04, 2019
wink
Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by olisefom: 11:10am On Oct 04, 2019
We know those that will access it already....welcome to Nigeria.

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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by Olamsoh: 11:12am On Oct 04, 2019
There's a reason market women, okada owners and riders, road transport workers, etc have a lot of influence when it comes to politics. They're organised, they engage, they deliver.

Rather than look upon these groups with disdain, we should learn a couple things from them.

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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by JADEK01(m): 11:22am On Oct 04, 2019
How I wish u can be giving them long time loan as oversea bank gave to you and avoidable interest as they gave to you

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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by passyhansome(m): 11:22am On Oct 04, 2019
CAN BOBRISKY APPLY

Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by Vision2060: 11:23am On Oct 04, 2019
Any man born of woman thinking of diverting the fund for personal use /gain aside what it's originally meant for will encounter the wrath of God and will be in perpetual sorrow

Nigeria will be GREAT

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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by lasmile(f): 11:26am On Oct 04, 2019
Its time to think of what idea would sell and look into as a business. Then, we can get funded by this initiative.

Am already seeing proposals for make-up Artist and fashionpreneur. Are this the only businesses women can think of?
Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by walexy14(m): 12:39pm On Oct 04, 2019
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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by Pearlyakin(m): 12:39pm On Oct 04, 2019
That's the best bank in Nigeria, argue with your keyboard.
Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by tildachristy: 12:40pm On Oct 04, 2019
pls how can i apply for these plssssssssss grin

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Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by scribble: 1:37pm On Oct 04, 2019
Re: Union Bank Secures $200 Million OPIC Funding For Smes And Women Initiatives by Boyooosa(m): 6:34am On Oct 05, 2019
i hope they will not frustrate the partnership with interest , admin and other HIDDEN charges. bad loan conditions both kills the beneficiary and the benefactor, i hope they learn from the past mistakes, because small time now, nigerians go shift the blame on buhari and they will make it look real and justified.

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