Meezan Bank and Karandaaz Pakistan join hands with Atlas Honda to deepen access to finance for small and mid-size vendors and distributors

Karachi, November 26, 2015 (PPI-OT): Atlas Honda Limited recently signed a corporate partnership agreement with Karandaaz Pakistan and Meezan Bank to support the development of small and mid-size automotive part vendors in Pakistan. This is the first corporate partnership Karandaaz Pakistan and Meezan Bank have entered as part of the USD 50 million Corporate Vendor and Distributor Finance Program launched recently.

The partnership will strengthen Atlas Honda’s supply chain and distribution channels by providing access to finance (capital investment and expansion working capital financing) for Atlas Honda’s small and mid-size vendors and distributors with growth potential by identifying local vendors and distributors with profitable growth potential and good operating and credit history, Atlas Honda will help identify and direct credit to strategic vendors and distributors and promote localization of automotive parts and broad based employment growth in Pakistan.

The signing took place at Atlas Honda’s head office in Karachi in the presence of senior management from all three partner organisations, including Mr. Saquib H. Shirazi, CEO Atlas Honda Limited, Mr. Ariful Islam, Deputy CEO and Executive Director of Meezan Bank and Mr. Asad Azfar, Chief Investment Officer at Karandaaz Pakistan.

Mr. Saquib H. Shirazi, CEO Atlas Honda Limited stated, “In the early years, industry in Pakistan owed its development to the support it received from the public sector DFIs. The role of institutions like IDBP, NDFC, BEL and PIDC cannot be overstated. Later, Private sector institutions, supported by the World Bank and ADB, tried to bridge the financing gap for SME financing. Unfortunately, the results were mixed and a financing vacuum still exists. The initiative taken by Karandaaz and Meezan Bank is, therefore, timely and well targeted. As Atlas Honda’s vendor and service providers look to expand, the support from the two institutions can be an effective catalyst for their growth.” he added.

Mr. Ariful Islam, Deputy CEO and Executive Director of Meezan Bank, expressed the Bank’s utmost commitment to this partnership with Karandaaz Pakistan. He stated, “I delighted that Atlas Honda is the first customer to sign this agreement with us and I am confident that with their support Karandaaz will be available to provide much needed growth capital to the vendors that form part of the companies supply chain.

This initiative will be an important step in realising the Bank’s Vision to establishing Islamic Banking as first choice by providing innovative financing solutions to the very important SME sector of the country. This Program is sponsored by United Kingdom Department for International Development (UKAid) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and our role is to provide risk capital and infrastructure to implement the Program successfully.’

In his remarks, Mr. Asad Azfar, CIO Karandaaz Pakistan noted, “The Program is designed to leverage the visibility and influence of apex corporates and enable commercial banks to provide capital investment and expansion working capital financing to small and mid-size companies operating in the organized supply chains of the economy.

These small businesses are vital agents of broad-based economic and employment growth and have had limited access to finance in Pakistan. The leadership and support of Atlas Honda in encouraging and supporting this Program is truly exciting and we look forward to adding more apex corporates to our partnership with Meezan Bank to finance SMEs at a large scale.”

For more information, contact:
Meezan Bank Limited
Meezan House, C-25 Estate Avenue,
SITE, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-38103500
Fax: +92-21-36406049