African Development Bank and TDB Sign $150 Million Trade Finance Agreement to Boost Intra-Africa Trade

AfDB and TDB agreement aims to enhance trade finance, promote regional integration, and support AfCFTA goals in Africa.

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a $150 million Trade Finance Unfunded Risk Participation Agreement facility between the African Development Bank and Trade & Development Bank (TDB). The agreement is expected to boost intra-Africa trade, promote regional integration and contribute to the reduction of the trade finance gap in Africa, in line with the aspirations of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

African Development Bank will provide guarantee cover of 50% and up to 75% for transactions in low-income countries and transition states on a risk share basis with TDB to a number of qualifying local and regional banks in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region, which are active in the trade finance sector. The facility is expected to support about $1.8 billion of trade over the next three years.

Supporting trade in Africa is a key priority for the AfDB. Trade finance is an important driver of economic growth and is critical for cross-border trade particularly in emerging markets. We are delighted to work with TDB, a strong partner with extensive knowledge and network in Africa, on a shared ambition to support the region’s Trade.

Nwabufo Nnenna, Director General for the Eastern Africa region, African Development Bank Group

TDB Group is very pleased to continue building on its strategic partnership and fit-for-purpose risk sharing facilities with the AfDB Group to scale up trade finance and other offerings in a region, where there continues to be large gaps in access to trade finance, among others, and where major international banks have been withdrawing and reducing their risk appetite.

Admassu Tadesse, President and Managing Director, TDB Group

The African Development Bank also offers 3-year trade finance Transaction Guarantee (TG) Facility to local banks to support confirmation of their trade finance transactions.

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