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 over €187 million to the EBRD’s Donor Funds Programme, through bilateral and multilateral funds, making it one of the largest single-country contributors.
Over €187mn donor funds supporting EBRD operations
8.52% capital share
€9.5bn 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 Early Transition Countries (ETC) Fund (EUR 13.5 million), has provided funding for the EBRD-Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account (Ukraine MDA) and is an important contributor to the Small Business Impact Fund (SBIF) focusing on Central Asia. 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 €9.5 billion as of 31 December 2019. EBRD finance accounted for €5.4 billion, and Japan investment accounted for €4.0 billion.
Japan-EBRD investment has been especially strong regionally, in Turkey and in Hungary, followed by Poland, and Mongolia. Broken down by industry the joint investment has been strong in industry, commerce and agribusiness, followed by 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. Through the Programme, the EBRD has supported 197 and import transactions of Japanese companies. Over 800 confirming banks or bank branches participate in the Programme, 16 of which are Japanese.