EBRD TFP Awards recognise successful partner banks

By Axel  Reiserer

EBRD TFP Awards recognise successful partner banks

  • EBRD recognises special achievements in trade finance by partner banks
  • Experts discuss compliance and capacity building for better trade flows
  • To date, TFP exceeds €1.5 billion in 28 countries.

The EBRD Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) honoured its most successful partner banks in 2018 in a special award ceremony on the eve of the Bank’s Annual Meeting and Business Forum in Sarajevo today.

Prizes were awarded to:

Award for 2018

Winner

Most Active Issuing Bank in ARMENIA

Ameriabank CJSC

Most Active Issuing Bank in ARMENIA

Armswissbank CJSC

Most Active Issuing Bank in BELARUS

Priorbank JSC
Member of RBI Group

Most Active Issuing Bank in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Raiffeisen Bank D.D. Bosnia I Hercegovina

Most Active Issuing Bank in BULGARIA

Eurobank Bulgaria AD

Most Active Partner Bank in CROATIA

Erste & Steiermärkische Bank D.D. Zagreb

Most Active Issuing Bank in CYPRUS

Bank of Cyprus

Most Active Issuing Bank in EGYPT

Qatar National Bank Alahli

Most Active Issuing Bank in THE REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA

Komercijalna Banka AD Skopje

Most Active Issuing Bank in GEORGIA

TBC Bank

Most Active Issuing Bank in GREECE

Alpha Bank

Most Active Issuing Bank in JORDAN

Cairo Amman Bank

Most Active Issuing Bank in KAZAKHSTAN

JSC Bank Centercredit

Most Active Issuing Bank in KOSOVO

NLB Banka Prishtina

Most Active Issuing Bank in KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank

Most Active Issuing Bank in LEBANON

Société Générale du Banque au Liban S.A.L.

Most Active Issuing Bank in LEBANON

Fransabank SAL

Most Active Issuing Bank in MOLDOVA

 

CB Mobiasbancă - Groupe Société Générale

Most Active Issuing Bank in MONGOLIA

Khan Bank

Most Active Issuing Bank in MONTENEGRO

Hipotekarna Bank AD Podgorica

Most Active Partner Bank in MOROCCO

BMCE Bank of Africa

Most Active Issuing Bank in ROMANIA

Alpha Bank Romania SA

Most Active Issuing Bank in SERBIA

Eurobank a.d. Beograd

Most Active Issuing Bank in TAJIKISTAN

Bank Eskhata OJSC

Most Active Issuing Bank in TUNISIA

Banque de Tunisie

Most Active Issuing Bank in TURKEY

Alternatifbank A.Ş.

Most Active Issuing Bank in UKRAINE

Raiffeisen Bank Aval JSC

Most Active Issuing Bank in UZBEKISTAN

National Bank of Uzbekistan for Foreign Economic Activity

Most Active Confirming Bank

Commerzbank A.G.

Most Active Issuing Bank – Green Trade

Co-branded with FT Specialist and The Banker

Raiffeisen Bank Aval JSC

Most Active Confirming Bank – Green Trade

Co-branded with FT Specialist and The Banker

 UniCredit

Deal of the Year – Green Trade

Improving the energy efficiency of greenhouse infrastructure in Armenia

 

Converse Bank

Deal of the Year – Green Trade

Improving the energy efficiency of greenhouse infrastructure in Armenia

 

KBC Bank

Academic Excellence Award

in Cooperation with the ICC

National Bank of Egypt

 

 

The TFP Awards Ceremony was attended by Senad Softic, Governor of the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosted by Francis Malige, EBRD Managing Director, Financial Institutions, and supported by Ambassador David Yung-Lo Lin, Head of the Taipei Representative Office in the UK.

Francis Malige said: “Trade finance is key to boosting economic development and growth. And it is our strong network of partner banks who are helping to make this happen, by providing the financial means and support that allow companies to identify, explore and conquer new markets. At the EBRD we are extremely proud to work with these partner banks across three continents. The TFP awards today reflect that pride, as well as our recognition and appreciation for their efforts in making an impact.”

The TFP Awards Ceremony marked the end of the Information Session of the EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme. It attracted over 270 representatives from issuing and confirming banks under TFP, as well as key industry specialists, regulators and representatives from the World Trade Organization, the International Chamber of Commerce, International Compliance Association and the Wolfsberg Committee. The TFP Information Session was opened with welcome speeches from the event sponsor, Addiko Bank.

A focus of discussion was the development of trade finance in the Western Balkans and representatives of partner banks in the region (Addiko Bank, Komercijalna Banka, Eurobank and Commerzbank) provided insights into the ways in which trade and trade finance is - and can - connect economies for stronger growth, the theme of EBRD’s Annual Meeting and Business Forum this year.

Another focus of debate was correspondent banking and de-risking: experts highlighted responses to current trends and challenges in anti-money laundering (AML), compliance and know-your-customer (KYC) regulations, and outlined possible solutions that would support the free flow of trade in EBRD’s regions of operations.

The Information Session was also a reminder that the TFP has become the networking hub and capacity-building engine in the trade finance sector. Through its e-learning and training initiatives, TFP has pioneered support for the career development of international trade financial professionals in partner banks across three continents. It has now even extended its unique training model to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EBRD regions of operations.

Speakers at the TFP Information Session included Marc Auboin from the World Trade Organization; Vincent O’Brien from the International Chamber of Commerce; Olivier Paul, Head of the Banking Commission, ICC, France; Ulf-Peter Noetzel from Deutsche Bank; Rudolf Putz, EBRD Associate Director and Head of the Trade Facilitation Programme, and Kamola Makhmudova, EBRD Senior Banker in the Financial Institutions team.

The event concluded with a dinner reception hosted by Taiwan Business EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund, where international attendees had the opportunity to enjoy traditional cuisine and hospitality from Bosnia and Herzegovina, while networking and making new business contacts in the region.

Launched in 1999, the EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme aims to promote foreign trade to, from and among the countries in which the EBRD invests. Through the programme, the EBRD provides guarantees to international confirming banks and short-term loans to selected banks and factoring companies for on-lending to local exporters, importers and distributors. The TFP currently includes over 100 issuing/partner banks in 28 countries, with limits exceeding €1.5 billion in total and more than 800 confirming banks worldwide.