Regional Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP)



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Business sector:

Financial institutions

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Approval date:

12 Jan 1999



PSD disclosed:

11 Dec 1998

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

Board review dates

Framework:12 January 1999
First Extension to the Programme: 31 May 2000
Second Extension: 12 December 2000
Third Extension: 23 October 2001
Fourth extension: 28 May 2002
Fifth extension: 2 March 2004
Sixth extension: 7 February 2006
Seventh extension: 2 April 2007
Eighth extension: 12 May 2008
Ninth extension: 24 February 2009
Tenth extension: 28 June 2011
Eleventh extension: 29 May 2013
Twelfth extension: 25 May 2016

Framework operation supporting financial institutions (or, in the case of factoring, including non-bank financial institutions) and structured in one of the following two ways:

1. Guarantees: issued by the Bank in the form of standby letters of credit ("LCs"), to banks and factors ("Confirming Banks/Factors") to cover the payment risk of banks and factors established in the Bank's countries of operation ("Issuing Banks/Factors") in connection with trade finance instruments ("Eligible Instruments") issued by such Issuing Banks/Factors in support of Eligible Trade Transactions in foreign or local currency; and

2. Cash Advances (i.e., revolving credits): in foreign or local currency to banks and factors ("Borrowers") to finance sub-loans made by such Borrowers to Exporters or Importers for the purposes of Eligible Trade Transactions.

The programme aims to support foreign trade with and among EBRD's countries of operations and includes some donor assisted training for Issuing Banks/Factors in trade finance skill development.

The Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) framework facility was initially approved by the Board from January 1999 for a period of 2 years. Further approvals have extended the programme to 30 June 2021 to align with the Financial Sector Strategy of the Bank.

Project Objectives

i. Assist client banks to establish relationships with international banks

ii. Fill the market gaps and provide continuity of support for trade

iii. Strengthen the trade finance capabilities of client banks

iv. Assist client banks to compete against dominant state owned banks

v. Focus on maximising impact on Bank priorities

vi. Support the development of factoring services

Transition Impact

The programme's transition impact arises from

i. Market expansion - assisting client banks to expand their trade finance operations

ii. Skills transfer - training is an important element of the programme, client banks gain access to large range of industry specific training courses

Client Information


Banks and factoring companies in EBRD's countries of operations active in trade finance. As of end 2015, over 100 banks and factoring companies from 28 countries of operations are accredited. Over 800 banks in 82 countries participate in the Programme as confirming banks.

EBRD Finance Summary

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i. EBRD issues guarantees in favour of international and regional banks and factoring companies to cover letters of credit, guarantees and other trade finance instruments issued by participating banks and factoring companies in central and eastern Europe, the CIS and SEMED, and

ii. short-term loans to participating banks and factoring companies to fund their trade finance sub-loans to local exporters, importers, sellers and distributors of imported goods.

Foreign commercial banks, private credit risk insurers, export credit agencies and development banks will be invited to co-finance trade instruments with the EBRD.

Total Project Cost

The maximum amount outstanding at any moment in time would be €3.0 billion

Environmental and Social Summary

Client banks are required to follow the EBRD's environmental exclusion list and local environmental regulatory requirements.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

TC support for this operation has been provided by the governments of Austria, Canada, Germany, EU, France, Ireland, Japan, Italy, Netherlands, Taipei China, Sweden, Switzerland and UK and donor risk sharing funds have been provided by the governments of Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and Taipei China.

Company Contact Information

Rudolf Putz
One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN

PSD last updated

03 Jun 2020

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

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General enquiries

Specific enquiries can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form.

Environmental and Social Policy (ESP)

The ESP and the associated Performance Requirements (PRs) set out the ways in which the EBRD implements its commitment to promoting “environmentally sound and sustainable development”.  The ESP and the PRs include specific provisions for clients to comply with the applicable requirements of national laws on public information and consultation as well as to establish a grievance mechanism to receive and facilitate resolution of stakeholders’ concerns and grievances, in particular, about environmental and social performance of the client and the project. Proportionate to the nature and scale of a project’s environmental and social risks and impacts, the EBRD additionally requires its clients to disclose information, as appropriate, about the risks and impacts arising from projects or to undertake meaningful consultation with stakeholders and consider and respond to their feedback.

More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

Integrity and Compliance

The EBRD's Office of the Chief Compliance Officer (OCCO) promotes good governance and ensures that the highest standards of integrity are applied to all activities of the Bank in accordance with international best practice. Integrity due diligence is conducted on all Bank clients to ensure that projects do not present unacceptable integrity or reputational risks to the Bank. The Bank believes that identifying and resolving issues at the project assessment approval stages is the most effective means of ensuring the integrity of Bank transactions. OCCO plays a key role in these protective efforts, and also helps to monitor integrity risks in projects post-investment.

OCCO is also responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct in EBRD-financed projects. Anyone, both within or outside the Bank, who suspects fraud or corruption should submit a written report to the Chief Compliance Officer by email to All matters reported will be handled by OCCO for follow-up. All reports, including anonymous ones, will be reviewed. Reports can be made in any language of the Bank or of the Bank's countries of operation. The information provided must be made in good faith.

Access to Information Policy (AIP)

The AIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations following its entry into force on 1 January 2020. Please visit the Access to Information Policy page to find out what information is available from the EBRD website.

Specific requests for information can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form.

Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out how to submit a Request for review through our confidential online form, by emailmail or telephone. IPAM is available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of Requests, which follow the Project Accountability Policy and Guidance. Requesters’ identities may be kept confidential, upon request.


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