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 €152 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
€152mn donor funds supporting EBRD operations
2.28% capital share
€4.02bn 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 Small Business Support (SBS) offices in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and is currently funding offices in the Kyrgyz Republic.
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 €3.41 billion as of January 2014. EBRD finance accounted for €2.26 billion of this total and Swiss investment accounted for €1.15 billion.
Swiss banks are also involved in the Trade Facilitation Programme, through which the EBRD guarantees the payment of trade finance instruments issued by banks in its countries of operations to foreign confirming banks. Since the start of the Programme in 1999, the EBRD has supported 933 export and import transactions with Swiss companies totalling €672.1 million. Over 800 foreign confirming banks and bank branches participate in the Programme, 22 of which are Swiss.