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Trade Finance Program: Capacity Building Products

ADB’s Trade Finance Program (TFP) offers online courses free of charge to partner banks.

TFP is committed to providing partner banks with the knowledge required to give companies the best possible support to benefit from international trade. TFP has partnered with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Academy to provide free online training to partner banks in trade and supply chain finance. The ICC Academy delivers online certification and professional development services to meet the educational needs of banks, corporations, and other organizations at the forefront of international trade. 

Programs offered

The Global Trade Certificate (GTC) is an introduction to trade finance products – from letters of credit to supply chain financing techniques. It is an ideal program for professionals wanting to build an understanding of the nuts and bolts of global trade. 

The Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP) is an advanced course providing in-depth knowledge of trade finance products and techniques. Using case studies of real-world scenarios, the program includes an intensive online program, with options to earn credits by attending ICC Academy accredited events. CTFP is recognized internationally by financial institutions, governments and regulators.

Feedback from course participants

"I have completed all the core courses in the CTFP and I am elated to mark the program excellent. The contents, presentation, and audio-visual materials are praiseworthy. It would be a great opportunity for trade finance professionals to go through such training program to enrich their knowledge and exposure. I am thankful to Almighty, Southeast Bank, ADB, and ICCA that it happened to me."

Kasi Kamal Hossain
Principal Officer, Southeast Bank Limited

"The process of training is user-friendly, and because it was enhanced with video instructions, it was very convenient for better understanding. It was easy to use and grasp, and overall, I had a superb experience."

Sherzod Mamasaliev
Head of International Currency Operations Department, Hamkorbank

"In my view, as I am fresh to my job, the ICC Academy is helpful and practical. The lesson is easy to understand and supports my work a lot. Thanks to them, I can have my own answers for issues that I have been wondering about for a while, and the basic foundation to achieve more knowledge. "

Mai Khanh Nuh
Financial Institutions Officer, Orient Commercial Bank
Viet Nam


ADB’s TFP is encouraging existing and potential issuing banks in its 22 developing member countries to take advantage of either or both of these programs by contacting:

Nana KHURODZE (Ms)Relationship Manager, Trade Finance Program   E-mail

ADB’s Trade Finance Program (TFP) launched the Bank Twinning initiative in 2017, which aims to leverage the expertise and strength of its partner banks for mutual benefit. With Bank Twinning, the partner banks with more advanced knowledge and systems in trade finance operations hosts and trains the nominated staff from its ‘twin bank’ for a specified period of time—usually lasting about a week.

This initiative is a sustainable platform enabling the banking sector in ADB’s developing member countries to provide more support for trade in developing Asia through capacity building efforts. It is also expected to forge closer regional business links and lead to more intra-regional trade and cooperation.

TBC Bank (Georgia) hosting Bank Eskhata (Tajikistan)

TBC Bank (Georgia) hosting Bank Eskhata (Tajikistan)
Pilot launch of TFP’s Bank Twinning held in Georgia among TBC Bank, Bank Eskhata, and Citi.

The pilot launch of the Bank Twinning was in November 2017 with TBC Bank (Georgia) hosting Bank Eskhata (Tajikistan) along with the representative from Citi as a resource person. TBC Bank and Citibank discussed their experiences and business procedures in trade finance with Bank Eskhata, which plans to expand its trade finance business. TBC Bank is most active partner bank of TFP in Georgia.

Ameriabank (Armenia) hosting Hamkorbank (Uzbekistan)

Ameriabank (Armenia) hosting Hamkorbank (Uzbekistan)
Ameriabank hosted Hamkorbank in their main office in Yerevan, Armenia.

In June 2018, Hamkorbank (Uzbekistan) was hosted by Ameriabank (Armenia). Topics discussed included Ameriabank’s processes and expertise on corporate banking, financial management, anti-money laundering (AML) policy, trade and supply chain finance products, correspondent banking, and credit risk management. Ameriabank is the most active partner bank of TFP in Armenia.