TDB and CDC step-up their joint commitment to boost African trade with a US$75m trade finance facility

  • UK’s publicly owned impact investor unveils a $75 million shared risk facility with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank at the UK-Africa Investment Summit

CDC Group plc (“CDC”), the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, has today announced a US$75 million risk sharing facility with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB).

TDB is a multilateral specialist bank with a mandate to foster regional economic integration and sustainable development, notably financing and facilitating trade flows to, from and within Africa.

The commitment is one of a string of new CDC partnerships totalling nearly $400 million announced today at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London. The bulk of funds will be used to provide African banks with greater liquidity to support SMEs, entrepreneurs and microbusinesses in their markets.

CDC’s investment will enable TBD to increase trade flows by up to US$420 million over the next three years in the markets in which it operates.

CDC’s investment, its third with the Bank, will allow TDB to increase its trade finance support across the continent in areas such as the importation of essential commodities which are key inputs to human and socio-economic development.

Africa’s trade finance deficit is estimated by the International Chamber of Commerce at US $110 billion to $120 billion – representing about 25 per cent of the demand for trade finance in Africa. CDC and TDB are playing a key role in bridging this gap by supporting local financial institutions to bring critical growth finance to businesses across Africa.

Admir Imami, Director, Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance of CDC Group said: “While supporting wider trade within Southern and Eastern Africa, our investment will also help targeted financial institutions fulfil their roles as key financiers of the import of essential goods and commodities into their markets.

“We view this as a great opportunity to expand on our existing relationship with TBD and enhance its capacity, as well as supporting African economic development, a priority for CDC.”

Admassu Tadesse, President and Chief Executive of TDB, said: “We are pleased to expand our cooperation with CDC via this new risk sharing facility, which will enhance our capacity to scale up support to intra and extra-regional trade flows.

“It comes on the back of two medium term facilities worth USD $100 million that CDC extended to us over the past five years.  As a growing regional investment-grade DFI with a strong track-record, TDB is well positioned to serve as an intermediary of choice for global and regional capital in the region and is delighted to count CDC as an important funding and risk sharing partner. »

Stimulating trade to and from African businesses is integral to alleviating poverty across the continent where, according to the IMF in 2019, average GDP per capita stands at just US$1,970.

African companies often face challenges in accessing finance which limits their growth, with trade finance representing one of the binding constraints.

Access to correspondent banking services in Africa has become a growing problem, adding to the long-standing challenge of access to finance and development capital across several sectors. The gap in trade finance and growth capital is one of the key constraints facing local exporters and importers.

This transaction will contribute to three Sustainable Development Goals by supporting food security through the importation of essential food stuffs (SDG 2), supporting an increase in trade flows into and out of Africa (SDG 8) and  mobilising additional financial resources for developing countries through this type of facility (SDG 17).

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