DFIs are specialized financial institutions the Government established to promote investments in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors.

Their functions include:

  1. Extending financial assistance in the form of medium- and long-term loans, participating in equity capital, underwriting and wherever relevant, acting as issuing house for public shares issues and providing guarantees for loans
  2. Specialize in medium- and long-term financing in addition to supplying financial services not normally provided by commercial banks and finance companies
  3. In addition, they help in identifying new projects, participate in their promotion, and where appropriate, provide ancillary financial, technical and managerial advice