The United States of America is a founding member of the EBRD and an important contributor to the Bank's work.
Since 1991, the country has contributed €125 million to the EBRD’s technical cooperation and investment programmes. The key areas of support are the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the modernisation of infrastructure and the expansion of the financial sector in the EBRD’s countries of operations.
USA and the EBRD: at a glance
€125mn donor funds supporting EBRD operations
10% capital share
€19.6bn USA-EBRD investments
The United States – through the US Department of State, the US Department of the Treasury and the US Agency for International Development – is one of the major technical cooperation and investment contributors to the work of the EBRD. Key areas of support comprise development of small and medium-sized enterprises, modernisation of infrastructure and the expansion of the financial sector. Most recently, financial support from the US underpinned our Advice for Small Business programmes in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Ukraine.
It is a contributor to several multi-donor funds, including a US$ 2 million to the Small Business Impact Fund in 2016 and a US$ 1 million replenishment of the EBRD-Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account.
It has provided strong backing for the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership Fund (E5P), to which in 2015 it contributed US$ 1.5 million for projects in Ukraine and provided a new contribution of US$ 0.35 million for activities in Georgia, thus having made a cumulative contribution to E5P in the amount US$ 7.85 million. Financial support from the U.S. has also underpinned Small Business Support programmes in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Ukraine.
The United States is one of the main sources of foreign direct investment in the EBRD’s countries of operations. The value of joint United States-EBRD investment stood at €19.6 billion as of January 2017. EBRD finance accounted for €8.6 billion, and American investment accounted for €11 billion.
Broken down by sector, 42 per cent of joint United States-EBRD investment are in the energy sector, followed by 37 per cent in industry, commerce and agribusiness, 14 per cent in financial institutions and 7 per cent in infrastructure.
American banks are also involved in the Trade Facilitation Programme through which the EBRD guarantees the payment of trade finance instruments issued by banks in the EBRD’s countries of operations to foreign confirming banks. Over 800 foreign confirming banks and bank branches participate in the Programme, 31 of which are American.
American consultants won 78 EBRD-awarded contracts totalling over €5.18 million. The main areas of expertise included SME, financial institutions, sustainable energy investment and municipal infrastructure sectors, as well as the economic and democratic reform sectors