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The EBRD lives up to its reputation as the best international development bank in trade, regularly winning industry recognition.
TFP awarded Best Global Development Financial Institution
In 2012 the EBRD has once again won the Euromoney Trade Finance Magazine Award “Best Global Developmental Financial Institution”
Commenting on the awards, Rudolf Putz, Head of the TFP, said: “We are delighted that the readers of Trade Finance Magazine and Trade & Forfaiting Review have once again recognised the EBRD’s achievements.”
He added that the awards were important because they could help to raise donor funds from EBRD shareholders and attract additional risk-taking capacity from international development agencies. “All of our trade finance conferences, our e-Learning Programme, training courses and consultancy projects are sponsored by international donors,” he explained. “They, along with other development agencies such as FMO and OFID, also provide us with additional risk-taking capacity in countries where the demand for trade finance exceeds the EBRD’s own ability to take risk.”
Trade Facilitation Programme Awards
In order to improve on the availability of trade limits from the commercial market, more than 700 foreign trade transactions have been supported by our TFP programme in 2010 alone, thus providing additional benefits to the trade finance market.
The Bank is still playing an important role in promoting cooperation between the regional trade programmes and co-financing with other development agencies, commercial banks, insurance underwriters and investment funds.
At the same time, we continue to develop and test innovative additions to our programme and to share our experience with other development agencies.
Dr Rudolf Putz, who heads up the programme:
“During the recent liquidity crisis many foreign commercial banks found it difficult to provide banks in emerging markets with sufficient liquidity.
As a result, the EBRD offered not only up to 100% risk cover for letters of credit issued by TFP client banks in eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), but also provided the client banks with the necessary liquidity for pre-export finance, post-import finance and financing of local distribution of imported goods.”
Dr Putz adds that while other major trade liquidity and co-financing programmes support mostly large international banking groups, our trade facilitation programme supports large international banking groups whilst also funding smaller banks in early transition countries.
“Based on the EBRD’s positive experience, other development banks like the Asian Development Bank and Inter-America Development Bank are now offering similar facilities to banks in their countries of operation,” Dr Putz notes.
He highlights the Bank’s ongoing support of eastern Europe and the CIS as one of our biggest achievements in the past year.
“As a result of on-going negotiations concerning the restructuring of trade finance debt in Kazakhstan and Ukraine, most foreign commercial banks, insurance underwriters and export credit agencies suspended their trade finance facilities for borrowers in eastern Europe and the CIS.
In many cases the EBRD is the only institution which can still provide risk cover and liquidity for financing foreign trade with importers and exporters in this area.”
Last updated 11 July 2013