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 €131.8 million to support EBRD operations in areas such as water infrastructure, the private sector and entrepreneurship, local capital markets, local currency development, and climate- friendly growth stimulation.
Switzerland and the EBRD: at a glance
€131.8mn donor funds supporting EBRD operations
2.28% capital share
€3.41bn Switzerland-EBRD investments
This support has been channelled mainly towards Central Asia and the Western Balkans, priority areas for Swiss economic assistance, and via contributions to the Early Transition Countries (ETC) Fund and the ETC Local Currency Risk Sharing Special Fund. Switzerland also supports nuclear safety activities, having provided a total of over €29 million for several EBRD-managed funds, including the Chernobyl Safety Fund.
In 2013, Switzerland provided investment grants for water infrastructure development projects in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan worth €20 million. SECO has also contributed directly to the joint EBRD-KfW Municipal Infrastructure Development Facility for the Western Balkans, with a €5 million first-loss share subscription.
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.
Switzerland-EBRD investment has been especially strong in Russia at €670 million, followed by Azerbaijan at €370 million and Poland at €230 million. Broken down by sector, joint Switzerland-EBRD investment has been €2.04 billion in industry, commerce and agribusiness; €560 million in financial institutions; €410 million in energy; and €380 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 842 export and import transactions with Swiss companies totalling €538 million. Over 800 foreign confirming banks and bank branches participate in the Programme, 21 of which are Swiss.
In 2013 Swiss consultants won 37 contracts totalling €3.17 million. These included seven contracts with SBS for the provision of management and specialist industry advice.