Israel is a founding member of the EBRD and an important contributor to the Bank's work.
Israel established a technical cooperation (TC) fund with the EBRD, using funds from the Central Bank of Israel, in 1992. Total contributions amount to over €586,000.
Israel and the EBRD: at a glance
€586,000 donor funds supporting EBRD operations
0.66% capital share
€1.03bn Israel-EBRD investments
Israel is an important source of foreign direct investment in the EBRD’s countries of operations. The value of joint Israel-EBRD investment stood at €1.03 billion as of January 2017. EBRD finance accounted for €735 million of this total and Israeli investment accounted for €290 million.
Israeli-EBRD investment has been strong in Romania with 43 per cent of total joint investments, followed by Poland with 31 per cent and Kazakhstan with 26 per cent. Broken down by sector, 58 per cent of joint Israel-EBRD investment has been in financial institutions, 25 per cent in industry, commerce and agribusiness, and 17 per cent in energy.
Israeli banks are also involved in the Trade Facilitation Programme, through which the EBRD guarantees the payment of trade finance instruments issued by banks in EBRD countries of operations to foreign confirming banks. Through the Programme, the EBRD has supported 127 export and import transactions of Israeli companies totalling €49.1 million. Of the over 800 foreign confirming banks and bank branches that participate in the Programme, five are Israeli.
In 2016, Israeli consultants won four consultancy contracts totalling over €110,000. Areas of expertise included municipal infrastructure and financial institutions sectors.