Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – January 19, 2024 – The Credit Guarantee Corporation Limited (CGC) is pleased to announce the signing of groundbreaking agreements with ten leading financial institutions in the country aimed at providing critical credit guarantees to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
These landmark agreements reinforces CGC’s commitment to bolstering the growth and development of SMEs, which are the backbone of the PNG’s economy. By partnering with financial institutions, CGC aims to alleviate the obstacles faced by SMEs in accessing affordable credit to develop and grow their business and ultimately contributing to economic growth and job creation in the country.
Under the newly inked agreements with FinCorp, Financial & Private Sector Staff Savings & Loans Society Limited, Kina Bank, MiBank, Moni Plus, Nasfund Contributors Savings and Loan Society Limited, Nambawan Savings and Loan Society Limited, Peoples Microbank Limited, Resources & Investment Finance Limited and Womens Microbank, CGC will provide credit guarantees to the partnering financial institutions, enabling them to extend much-needed credit facilities to SMEs. Through this collaboration, SMEs will have improved access to financing, allowing them to expand their businesses, create employment opportunities, and contribute to the overall economic growth of PNG.
In a speech delivered for the Prime Minister by the Chief Secretary Mr. Ivan Pomeleu, he said, “Today marks a significant step forward in our collective and sustained efforts to foster economic growth, support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and create avenues for increased employment opportunities.”
Mrs. Elizabeth Genia, Governor of the Bank of PNG said, “CGC’s role is a strategic enabler and the signing of the agreements today is also the start of the long journey to achieving the various strategic objectives set by the Government, notably the SME Policy, the PNG Development Strategic Plan, Vision 2050, the Financial Inclusion Policy, the Green Finance Policy and the recently launched Medium Term development plan IV, amongst others.
Mr. Dominic Sikakau, CEO of CGC, expressed his enthusiasm about the agreements, stating, “These partnerships mark a significant milestone in our efforts to empower SMEs and drive economic growth in PNG. By providing credit guarantees to our partnering financial institutions, we are facilitating increased access to finance for SMEs, nurturing entrepreneurship, and encouraging growth across different sectors of our economy.”
Mr. John Cholai, Chairman of Nambawan Super Savings and Loans (NSLS) in his remarks said “CGC provide NSLS the confidence to enter the MSME space, a space that for a long time has been occupied by commercial banks. The support will allow us to grow our capacity and capability into expanding out more
to the MSME space and off course the self-employed sector. 0ver 43% of our membership are females and the CGC offers us great opportunity to support women in business, while promoting ‘saving first culture’.”
The signing ceremony was attended by Chief Secretary on behalf of the Prime Minister, CEOs of various participating financial institutions, the Governor of Bank of PNG, representatives from various government departments and donor agencies, underscoring the collaborative and concerted effort to address the financing needs of SMEs in PNG.
The agreements signify a crucial step forward for CGC in supporting the growth and sustainability of SMEs, as well as the overall economic development of PNG. CGC remains dedicated to fostering an environment where SMEs can thrive, innovate, and contribute to the nation’s prosperity.
For more information about the CGC and its initiatives, please visit www.cgc.com.pg
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