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IFC & Citi support emerging market trade

Released at: 09:02, 17/11/2015

IFC & Citi support emerging market trade

Two come together to provide $1.2 billion risk-sharing facility to stimulate trade growth.

by Hung Nguyen

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Citi have announced the signing of a $1.2 billion risk-sharing facility to help stimulate the growth of trade in emerging markets and support economic development.

The signing marks the extension of two existing facilities under the IFC Global Trade Liquidity Program. IFC and Citi launched their first trade finance facility in October 2009.

Since its inception these collaborative efforts have financed a total trade volume of $20 billion, with around $4.2 billion in International Development Association countries and $7.1 billion in low income and lower middle-income countries. This long-standing partnership has facilitated financing for 3,368 trade transaction through 163 Emerging Market Issuing Banks in 40 countries, of which 23 are low and lower middle-income countries.

“Citi’s partnership with the IFC has been a tremendous success, helping to stimulate the recovery and growth of global trade in emerging markets,” said Mr. Anurag Chaudhary, Global Head of Distribution for Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions.

“Citi has been a trusted partner to banks, corporations and the public sector across the emerging markets for many decades, and through our collaboration with IFC - as well as other development and export credit agency partners around the globe - we are firmly committed to restoring the flow of trade and commerce financing around the world and to helping emerging market economies play a more significant role within global trade,” he said.

The facility extension will expand the availability of trade credit for customers in emerging markets over a four-year span through a risk-sharing structure. IFC and partners will contribute $600 million and Citi will provide an additional $600 million.

“As the availability of global trade finance continues to decline the IFC is committed to working with Citi to find innovative ways to help expand trade finance flows in the developing world and the Global Trade Liquidity Program is one such successful effort,” said Mr. Marcos Brujis, Director of the Financial Institutions Group at the IFC.

“Citi has been one of the IFC’s most dedicated partners in trade finance and the IFC looks forward to continuing this partnership to benefit small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the emerging markets in which they operate,” he said.

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 $6 billion through 2019.

Citi was the IFC’s first partner bank under the Global Trade Liquidity Program, a coordinated global initiative which was launched in 2009. This initiative works in partnership with global and regional banks with the goal of expanding the availability of trade credit at a time of global scarcity in trade finance.

The IFC announced an extension of the program in 2012 to continue promoting international trade growth in emerging markets, including many of the world’s lowest income countries.

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