AKIPRESS.COM - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development launched the Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) Tajikistan on November 21.
The US$ 25 million facility will offer loans for investments in high-performing technologies that improve the use of water, energy and land resources in Tajikistan, in partnership with local financial institutions. Humo, a local microfinance institution, is the first partner to join the facility, with a loan of US$ 1 million for on-lending to its clients.
These loans will cover investments in technologies such as drip irrigation, rainwater harvesting and storage, solar panels and energy-efficient cold-storage facilities. Beneficiaries can identify climate friendly technologies through the Technology Selector database and are supported by the GEFF Tajikistan technical assistance team.
GEFF Tajikistan is supported by the European Union (EU), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and South Korea. The EU offers approximately US$ 4 million of investment incentives to farmers and businesses so that investment in modern and efficient technologies can boost their competitiveness and bring environmental and social benefits. GEFF Tajikistan blends US$ 6.25 million of GCF concessional finance with US$ 18.75 million of EBRD finance. Over US$ 3 million of funding for technical assistance is contributed by the GCF and South Korea.
GEFF Tajikistan supports gender activities that aim to enhance women and men’s equal opportunity to access finance for green technologies.
GEFF Tajikistan builds on the successful experience of its predecessors, such as the-ECTAP facility, which increased access to finance in the agricultural sector, and CLIMADAPT, which piloted financing for climate resilience.