Switzerland is a founding member of the EBRD and an important contributor to the Bank's work.
The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is one of the EBRD’s largest bilateral donors with cumulative volume of grants of more than €185 million for technical cooperation, investment grant co-financing, risk-sharing and guarantees (excluding Nuclear Safety).
Switzerland and the EBRD: at a glance
€185mn donor funds supporting EBRD operations
2.28% capital share
€7.06bn Switzerland-EBRD investments
SECO’s sectoral priorities include infrastructure, enterprise and financial sector development, climate change mitigation through energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, and sustainable use of natural resources. Priority regions for Swiss financial assistance include the early transition countries in Eastern Europe and Caucasus and Central Asia, the Western Balkans, Ukraine, and Northern Africa.
Switzerland also contributes to EBRD multi-donor funds, such as the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership Fund (E5P), the Small Business Impact Fund, the Early Transition Countries Fund and Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account.
Switzerland is an important source of foreign direct investment in the EBRD’s countries of operations. The value of joint Switzerland-EBRD investment stood at €7.06 billion as of December 2018. EBRD finance accounted for €4.05 billion of this total and Swiss investment accounted for €3.00 billion.
Switzerland-EBRD investment has been strong in Azerbaijan, followed by Turkey and Kazakhstan. Broken down by industry, joint Switzerland-EBRD investment has been the strongest in the following areas: energy, industry, commerce and agribusiness, infrastructure and financial institutions.
Swiss banks are also involved in the Trade Facilitation Programme, through which the EBRD guarantees the payment of trade finance instruments issues by banks in its countries of operations to foreign confirming banks. Through the Programme, the EBRD has supported export and import transactions with Swiss companies, and over 12 Swiss banks.
In 2018, Swiss consultants won 30 contracts totalling €4.3 million.