Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program (TSCFP)

TSCFP works to make global trade and supply chains green, resilient, inclusive, transparent, and socially responsible.

ADB's TSCFP Delivers Sustainable Development Goals

Infographic: TSCFP Delivers Sustainable Development Goals

ADB's Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program empowers countries to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by closing market gaps through guarantees, loans, and knowledge products. Since 2009, the TSCFP has supported $57 billion in trade across 45,510 transactions (60% SME-related).

TSCFP is supported by the following:

  • Government of Australia
  • Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund
  • Financial Sector Development Partnership Special Funds
  • Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund
  • Government of the United States of America

ADB's TSCFP: Green, Resilient, Inclusive, Transparent and Socially Responsible

TSCFP curates the latest knowledge products, services, and solutions in response to industry-wide challenges and gaps, by building capacities of its partner banks in line with global standards to timely respond to trade and supply chain finance demands.

 

Green

Promoting activities in ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs) to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including green initiatives, ending support for fossil fuels, and increasing awareness and developing capacities of partner banks through various learning activities.

Key initiatives:

SDGs covered:

Image: SDG 12 - Responsible Production and ConsumptionImage: SDG 13 - Climate Action

 

Resilient

Collaborating with key global partners on initiatives that will transform the trade and supply chain finance ecosystem and create resiliency. With systems remaining heavily reliant on paper being relayed between parties involved in moving goods and services around the world, digitalization of trade becomes imperative.

Key initiatives:

  • TSCFP’s Driving Digitalization of Global Trade: UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records publication highlights how digitalizing global trade in goods worth $25.3 trillion annually will reduce costs and improve efficiency. Phasing out paper-based trade will also make supply chains more efficient, transparent, and resilient. The study shows how ADB is supporting its DMCs to digitalize their national and international trade.

    Without laws recognizing electronic trade documents, such as e-bill of lading, trade will never be digitalized. To that end, ADB is advocating for the adoption of and/or alignment to UNCITRAL’s Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records. The model law creates an enabling legal framework for paperless trade.
     
  • Supporting selected countries to analyze their domestic legislative frameworks to identify how they can be aligned with the model law.   Learn more
     
  • Created an interactive mapping tool with a database of more than 50,000 companies for the supply chains of vital COVID-related products. The tool allows governments, banks, investors, healthcare professionals, and companies to trace every component product such as masks or portable ventilators, down to the metal and rubber.

SDGs covered:

Image: SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

 

Inclusive

Supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in accessing the capital needed to create growth and leading the inclusion of women and initiating disability initiatives in ADB DMCs. Trade makes the most impact when everyone benefits.

Key initiatives:

  • TSCFP’s 2023 Trade Finance Gaps, Growth, and Jobs StudyTrade Finance Gaps, Growth, and Jobs Study is the global barometer of trade finance health. The study estimates that the global trade finance gap grew to a record $2.5 trillion in 2022 from $1.7 trillion two years earlier. The increase is due to rising interest rates, flagging economic prospects, inflation, and geopolitical volatility. The trade finance gap is the difference between requests and approvals for financing to support imports and exports that are critical to economic growth.
     
  • Implemented gender equality initiative, co-funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, aimed at more financial inclusion and support for women entrepreneurs and women in trade. The initiative analysed the human resource policies of 19 partner banks in ADB DMCs to determine how those policies could be enhanced to attract, retain, and promote more women in banking.   Learn more
     
  • Launched inclusion of disabled persons initiative, in partnership with the Global Disability Innovation Hub, to review policies and accommodations for persons with disabilities. Recommendations on HR and physical access policies will be provided to partner banks to integrate this aspect in their operations.

SDGs covered:

Image: SDG 1 - No PovertyImage: SDG 5 - Gender Equality

 

Transparent

Leading transparency initiatives to improve global supply chains. This includes anti-money laundering, countering the financing of terrorism, and digitalization of trade. Improved transparency leads to trust, lower trade costs, and improved predictability.

Key initiatives:

  • TSCFP implemented a pilot project in Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to better identify, report, on, and combat trade-based money laundering (TBML).

    In 2023 TSCFP showcased preliminary findings from the pilot project. The findings showed a significant increase in suspected TBML reports submitted by banks to regulators – 133% for Bangladesh and almost 200% for Pakistan, as a result of the pilot project. It also resulted in improved data quality which enabled regulators to better identify commonly affected trade routes and goods.
     
  • Designed and initiated delivery of multiple capacity building sessions on TBML to banks, regulators, law enforcement, and intelligence stakeholders.
     
  • Contributed to the 2020 Financial Action Task Force - Egmont Group report on Trade Based Money Laundering.
     
  • Hosted a widely attended TBML Webinar Series in 2022 in collaboration with the Asia Wolfsberg Group.
     
  • Delivered training and certification in partnership with the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

SDGs covered:

Image: SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

 

Socially Responsible

Leading the development of key standards for socially responsible trade and supply chain finance, including labor standards, and safe and equitable labor practices. TSCFP is developing innovative solutions for compliance and reporting with partner organizations.

Key Initiatives:

  • Created enhanced due diligence framework on labor standards being implemented at TSCFP partner banks in 2023.

SDGs covered:

Image: SDG 15 - Life on LandImage: SDG 12 - Responsible Production and Consumption

2023: By the Numbers

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Awards Won by TSCFP

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