Japan is a founding member of the EBRD and an important contributor to the Bank's work.
Japan is a long standing and generous donor to the Bank. It has provided €214 million to the EBRD’s Donor Funds Programme, through bilateral and multilateral funds, making it one of the largest single-country contributors.
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Japan and the EBRD: at a glance
€214mn donor funds supporting EBRD operations
8.52% capital share
€10.38bn Japan-EBRD investments
The main vehicle for Japanese donor funds is the Japan-EBRD Cooperation Fund (JECF). Japan is the second largest contributor to the Sustainable Infrastructure Fund (SIF) (EUR 14.5 million), and it has also provided funding for the EBRD-Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account (Ukraine MDA), EBRD Crisis Response Special Fund , the Small Business Impact Fund (SBIF), focusing on Central Asia, and is a founding member of the Action for Equality and Gender Fund (A4EG). Recent contributions have focused on crises in Ukraine and Turkey. The EBRD very much welcomes Japan’s active engagement with the Bank through grant resources and values Japan’s continued support towards our strategic priorities.
Japan is an important source of foreign direct investment in the EBRD’s countries of operations.
The value of joint EBRD - Japan investment stood at €10.38 billion as of February 2023. EBRD finance accounted for €6.04 billion, and Japan investment accounted for €4.34 billion.
The joint investment has been strong regionally, in Türkiye, Hungary, Poland, and Mongolia.
Broken down by industry, joint EBRD-Japan investment has been in the following sectors: industry, commerce and agribusiness, sustainable infrastructure, and financial institutions.
Japanese 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 inception, the TFP has supported 323 export and import transactions for Japanese companies for a total € 490.53 million, for transactions which were initiated by banks in the EBRD countries of operation and confirmed by banks in both Japan and abroad. Sixteen Japanese banks and branches of banks have joined the programme as Confirming Banks (all figures as of December 2022).
From 2018 to 2022, entities from Japan won 45 procurement and consultancy contracts worth €1.4 million.