IFC, Citibank provide USD 1.2 bln to support trade in emerging markets

Friday 27 July 2018 08:28 CET | News

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Citi have announced a USD 1.2 billion risk-sharing facility to help stimulate the growth of trade in emerging markets and to support economic development.

This initiative will work in partnership with global and regional banks with the goal of expanding the availability of trade at a time of reported global scarcity.

The signing marks the extension of an existing facility under IFC’s Global Trade Liquidity Program, first launched by IFC and Citi in 2009. Since its inception, these collaborative efforts have financed a total trade volume of USD 29 billion, with around USD 4.5 billion in IDA countries (International Development Association, the World Bank Group fund for the world’s poorest countries), and USD 11.1billion in low income and lower middle-income countries. This partnership has facilitated financing for 4,092 trade transactions through 163 banks in 46 emerging market countries, of which 25 are low and lower middle-income countries.

The facility extension will expand the availability of trade credit for clients in emerging markets over a four-year span through a risk-sharing structure. IFC and partners will contribute USD 600 million, and Citi will provide an additional USD 600 million. IFC announced an extension of the GTLP program in 2012 to continue promoting international trade growth in emerging markets, including many IDA countries.

Citi will use the funding to originate and fund trade finance transactions in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, enabling its bank clients to extend financing to local importers and exporters.

The funding is expected to support emerging market trade flows of more than USD 5 billion through 2022. Through a legacy of over 15 years of supply chain finance experience, Citi also supports over 2,300 buyers and 70,000 suppliers to extend the working capital cycle.

IFC’s Trade and Commodity Finance programs offer guarantees, risk-sharing facilities, loans and other structured products to support trade in emerging markets. Through these various products, IFC has supported more than 400 financial institutions and thousands of underlying companies in more than 90 countries across all regions of the globe. Trade finance is a priority for IFC because we have seen the high development impact it can have on developing countries.

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Keywords: IFC, Citibank, trade finance, emerging markets, financing , supply chain finance
Countries: World