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About the Trade Finance Program

Publication | May 2019
About the Trade Finance Program

ADB's Trade Finance Program fills market gaps for trade finance by providing guarantees and loans to banks to support trade. This fact sheet presents the highlights of the program for 2018.

Backed by its AAA credit rating, ADB’s TFP works with 240+ partner banks to provide companies with the financial support they need to engage in import and export activities in Asia’s most challenging markets. The program supports a wide range of transactions, from commodities and capital goods to medical supplies and consumer goods.

In 2017, TFP supported $4.48 billion in transactions, $2.81 billion in cofinancing, and supported 2,822 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The six most active TFP countries are Armenia, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Viet Nam.

In 2018, TFP grew almost 40% to support $6.2 billion in trade through 4,470 transactions, $3.75 billion in cofinancing, and supported 3,475 SMEs.

TFP complements its financial support with knowledge products, including a study that quantifies market gaps for trade finance, initiatives to increase the role of women in banking, efforts to enhance environmental and social safeguards, and initiatives to fight financial crime through greater transparency in the global financial system. TFP also provides workshops and seminars to increase knowledge and expertise in matters related to finance, trade, risk management and fraud prevention.