The International Finance Corporation (IFC) promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve people's lives.

IFC is a member of the World Bank Group and is headquartered in Washington, DC. It shares the primary objective of all World Bank Group institutions: to improve the quality of the lives of people in its developing member countries. [1]

Established in 1956, IFC is the largest multilateral source of loan and equity financing for private sector projects in the developing world. It promotes sustainable private sector development primarily by:

Financing private sector projects located in the developing world.
Helping private companies in the developing world mobilize financing in international financial markets.
Providing advice and technical assistance to businesses and governments.
Contents [hide]
1 Ownership and Management
2 Funding of IFC's Activities
3 IFC Activities
4 References
5 External links



[edit] Ownership and Management
IFC has 179 member countries , which collectively determine its policies and approve investments. To join IFC, a country must first be a member of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). IFC's corporate powers are vested in its Board of Governors, to which member countries appoint representatives. IFC's share capital, which is paid in, is provided by its member countries, and voting is in proportion to the number of shares held. IFC's authorized capital (the sums contributed by its members over the years) is $2.45 billion; IFC's net worth (which includes authorized capital and retained earnings) is considerably larger and at the end of June, 2005, was $9.8 billion. [2]

The Board of Governors delegates many of its powers to the Board of Directors, which is composed of the Executive Directors of the IBRD, and which represents IFC's member countries. The Board of Directors reviews all projects.

The President of the World Bank Group, Paul Wolfowitz, also serves as IFC's president. He has agreed to step down as of June 30, 2007. IFC's Executive Vice President, Lars Thunell, is responsible for the overall management of day-to-day operations. He was appointed on January 15, 2006.

Although IFC coordinates its activities in many areas with the other institutions in the World Bank Group, IFC generally operates independently as it is legally and financially autonomous with its own Articles of Agreement, share capital, management and staff.


[edit] Funding of IFC's Activities
IFC's equity and quasi-equity investments are funded out of its net worth: the total of paid in capital and retained earnings. Strong shareholder support, triple-A ratings, and the substantial paid-in capital base have allowed IFC to raise funds for its lending activities on favorable terms in the international capital markets. Retained earnings now represent almost three-quarters of IFC's net worth of $9.8 billion (end-June 2006).


[edit] IFC Activities
Within the World Bank Group, the World Bank finances projects with sovereign guarantees, while the IFC finances projects without sovereign guarantees. This means that the IFC is primarily active in private sector projects, although some projects in the public sector (at the municipal or sub-national level) have recently been funded.

Private sector financing is IFC's main activity, and in this respect is a profit-oriented financial institution (and has never had an annual loss in its 50-year history). Like a bank, IFC lends or invests its own funds and borrowed funds to its customers and expects to make a sufficient risk-adjusted return on its global portfolio of projects.

IFC's activities, however, must meet a second test of contributing to a reduction in poverty in line with its mandate. In practice, this is broadly interpreted, but considerable time and effort is devoted to both (i) selecting projects with positive developmental outcomes, and (ii) improving the developmental outcome of projects by various means.

Apart from its core investment activities, IFC also carries out technical cooperation projects in many countries to improve the investment climate. These activities may be linked to a specific investment project, or, increasingly, to broader goals such as improving the legislative environment for a specific industry. IFC's technical cooperation projects are generally funded by donor countries or from IFC's own budget.

Please transfer the funds through any of the following nearest bank and currency (Special Instructions)

Currency Name & Address of the Intermediary's  Bank
U.S. Dollars $

HSBC Bank USA,  452 Fifth Avenue,  New York, NY 10018-2706

Swift Code: MRMD US 33  Routing No. 021001088.  A/C No. 000-03850-4 

U.S. Dollars $ American Express Bank Ltd, New York Agency, P.O. Box 740, New York, NY 10008.

Swift Code: AEIBUS 33, A/C No. 000712364

Pound Sterling £ HSBC Bank plc, International Branch, P.O. Box No. 181, 27-32 Poultry, London EC2P2BX

Swift Code: MIDLGB22,  Sort Code 40-05-15, A/C No. 57335557

Euro
ABN Amro Bank (Deutschland) AG,  Post fach/P.O. Box 10 01 38 60001 Frankfurt Main

Swift Code: ABNADEFFFRA BLZ/Bank, Code 502 304 00   IBAN :DE60 5023 0400 5602 4351 07,

A/C No. 56.02.435/107


Euro
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Centro Amministrativo Recapito Postale, BNL SPA 00163 Roma.

Swift Code: BNLIITRAES6, A/C No. 265234

Swiss Francs
UBS AG, Post Office Box 8098, Zurich.

Swift Code: UBSWCHZH80A, A/C No. 0230-36123. 05 M

Japanese Yen ¥ The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, HSBC Building, 11-1 Nihonbashi, 3 chome, Chuo-ku,
Tokyo 103-0027.

Swift Code: HSBCJPJT,  A/C No. 009-061284-026

Singapore Dollars
$
The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd, Maxwell Road,  P.O. Box No.896, Singapore 9017.

Swift Code: HSBCSGSG,  A/C No. 141-146746-001

Canadian Dollars
$
Bank of Montreal, CBA Department,  3rd Floor, 234 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1T4

Swift Code: BOFMCAT2, A/C No. 1045-057

 

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