Switzerland is a founding member of the EBRD and an important contributor to the Bank's work.
Since 1992, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has contributed more than €166 million in support of EBRD operations, in areas such as water infrastructure, private sector support and entrepreneurship, local capital markets and local currency development, and climate-friendly growth stimulation.
Switzerland and the EBRD: at a glance
€166mn donor funds supporting EBRD operations
2.28% capital share
€4.53bn Switzerland-EBRD investments
Since 1997, Switzerland has provided €8.6 million for 1,520 projects helping small and medium-sized enterprises access business advice through local consultants and international industry experts in 14 countries. In particular, Switzerland has supported the Advice for Small Businesses activities in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and is currently the core donor to activities in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Priority regions for Swiss financial assistance include early transition countries, Northern Africa, Ukraine and the Western Balkans. In recent years, SECO provided substantial support for municipal and environmental projects in Central Asia. In 2015, SECO approved €7.55 million in new contributions for technincal cooperation and investment grants complementing EBRD finance for the project in the city of Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic - aiming to address critical water supply improvements and selected wastewater management improvements, and the project in the city of Khorog, Tajikistan - aiming to enable efficient solid waste management and creating a landfill compliant with EU regulations.
SECO also supported establishment of the EBRD-Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account, and contributed €1 million in support of its initiatives.
Switzerland is an important source of foreign direct investment in the EBRD’s countries of operations. The value of joint Switzerland-EBRD investment stood at €4.53 billion as of January 2016. EBRD finance accounted for €3.1 billion of this total and Swiss investment accounted for €1.43 billion.
Switzerland-EBRD investment has been strong in Azerbaijan with 46 per cent of joint investments, followed by Poland with 30 per cent and Turkey with 24 per cent. Broken down by sector, 54 per cent of joint Switzerland-EBRD investment has been in industry, commerce and agribusiness; 17 per cent in energy; 15 per cent in financial institutions; 14 per cent in infrastructure.
In 2015, Swiss consultants won 26 contracts totalling €4.3 million. The main areas of expertise were in the municipal infrastructure, sustainable energy, agribusiness, industrial and manufacturing and the power and energy sectors.