Switzerland: EBRD shareholder profile

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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.

Priority regions for Swiss financial assistance include Early Transition Countries, Northern Africa, and the Western Balkans. In 2014, new agreements for a total amount of EUR 15 million were signed to provide technical assistance and investment grants for second phases of the water rehabilitation project in north/central Tajikistan and the Bishkek water and wastewater rehabilitation project. SECO also supported establishment of the EBRD-Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account, and contributed EUR 1 million in support of its initiatives.
 
Since 1997, Switzerland has provided €8.6 million for 1,520 Small Business Support projects helping small and medium-sized enterprises access business advice through local consultants and international industry experts in 14 countries.

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.

Switzerland-EBRD investment has been strong in Azerbaijan at €397 million, followed by Poland at €245 million and the Czech Republic at €188 million. Broken down by sector, joint Switzerland-EBRD investment has been €2.20 billion in industry, commerce and agribusiness; €696 million in energy €692 million in financial institutions; and €500 million in infrastructure.
 

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.

In 2014 Swiss consultants won 21 contracts totalling €3.51 million. The main areas of expertise were in the municipal infrastructure, sustainable energy, agribusiness, industrial and manufacturing and the power and energy sectors.
 
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