EBRD stimulates trade finance development in Ukraine

By Anton Usov

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US$100 million facility to UkrEximBank to support export-import activity
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is stepping up its support to Ukrainian exporters and importers by increasing financing available under its Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) to the Sate Export-Import Bank of Ukraine (UkrEximBank) by US$100 million to USD 270 million.
The EBRD's Trade Facilitation Programme promotes foreign trade to, from and within the EBRD countries of operations, including Ukraine. Through the Programme, the Bank provides guarantees to international confirming banks, taking the political and commercial payment risk of international trade transactions undertaken by banks in the countries of operations. 
UkrEximBank, Ukraine’s third largest financial institution, provides international trade finance services to leading Ukrainian enterprises, including major exporters. The transaction is the EBRD’s response to a strong and growing market demand to support cross-border trade on the background of the complete lack of external financing from both foreign commercial banks and Ukraine’s trading partners.
UkrEximBank joined the TFP in May 2007 and has become one of the most active banks in trade finance in Ukraine. Since then, UkrEximBank has used TFP support for financing of 260 transactions with volume over USD 650 million.
The Bank’s Trade Facilitation Programme currently works with eight local banks in Ukraine to enable their private corporate clients to continue international trade. The TFP has supported trade transactions worth €1.5 billion in Ukraine to date, of which over €175 million has been processed in 2014 so far.
The EBRD is the largest financial investor in Ukraine. As of October 2014 the Bank had committed almost €9.8 billion (US$ 12.4 billion) through 337 projects in the country.
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