ADB and Citi team up on new risk product to help SMEs

11:30 | 16/05/2018
The Asian Development Bank through its Trade Finance Programme has signed an agreement with Citi, a leading global bank, to facilitate trade across Asia.
adb and citi team up on new risk product to help smes
ADB and Citi will provide up to $100 million or more in trade financing to support export-import activities in developing markets

Accordingly, the two entities (ADB and Citi) intend to collaborate in financing up to $100 million or more in trade to support importers and exporters in developing markets.

Under this new agreement, Citi and the ADB can share risks on a funded basis on underlying trade finance transactions.

Citi has been working with the ADB since 2009 on its trade finance programme (TFP) to support trade in developing Asia.

“This continuing partnership with Citi hopes to address the funded trade finance needs of SMEs, to stir more growth and jobs that underpin more stable economies in Asia,” said Steven Beck, head of Trade and Supply Chain Finance at ADB. “We are pleased with the renewed agreement with Citibank to address the increasing trade finance gap.”

“As one of the world’s leading global trade banks, Citi is pleased to support this initiative to help fund trade flows with multinationals as well as SMEs in and out of developing markets,” said John Ahearn, Global Trade head, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions. “By introducing this new product and continuing our collaboration with ADB, we look forward to furthering our mission of enabling growth and economic progress.”

Backed by ADB's AAA credit rating, TFP provides guarantees and loans to over 200 partner banks to support trade, enabling more companies throughout Asia to engage in import and export activities.

Since 2009, ADB’s TFP has supported more than 12,000 small- and medium-sized businesses across developing Asia through over 16,600 transactions valued at more than $30 billion.

Since 2009, ADB’s TFP has supported more than 12,000 small- and medium-sized businesses across developing Asia through over 16,600 transactions valued at over $30 billion in sectors ranging from commodities and capital goods to medical supplies and consumer goods.

In 2017, TFP provided approximately $4.5 billion to support trade through 3,505 transactions.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration.

In 2017, ADB operations totalled $32.2 billion, including $11.9 billion in co-financing.

Citi, a leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions.

Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

By introducing this new product and continuing our collaboration with ADB, we look forward to furthering our mission of enabling growth and economic progress.”

Backed by ADB's AAA credit rating, TFP provides guarantees and loans to over 200 partner banks to support trade, enabling more companies throughout Asia to engage in import and export activities.

By Anh Duc

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