Multinational - COMESA Regional Trade and Project Finance Support Facility - Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

Project Summary

Approval Date 17 Jul 2019
Signature Date 28 Feb 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Non Sovereign
Sector Finance
DAC Sector Code 24030
Commitment U.A 39,066,162.45
Status Approved

Project General Description

The proposed project concerns a US$ 50 million Trade Finance Line of Credit (TFLoC) to Eastern and Southern African Trade Development Bank (TDB). TDB was founded in 1985 as a multilateral, treaty-based financial institution with international immunities and privileges. It was conceived as the financing arm of the Preferential Trade Area for the Eastern and Southern African States, which was later transformed into Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). TDB is a development finance institution (DFI), with whom the AfDB has an existing relationship spanning over 20 years. The facility is part of a US$ 300 million funding package to Eastern and Southern African Trade Development Bank (TDB), comprising US$ 200 million unfunded Risk Participation Agreement (RPA) and US$ 50 million long-term Line of Credit (LoC). The TFLOC will have a tenor of 3.5 years.The proposed TF package will enhance TDB’s capacity to provide trade confirmation services to Issuing Banks in the COMESA region and beyond. This will complement the AfDB’s support to TDB on the long-term project finance front. The facility’s trade finance component will enhance the TDB’s confirmation capacity, support its rapidly expanding forfeiture business, and help it become a globally acceptable confirming bank.

Project Objectives

The ultimate objective of the proposed financing package is to provide support to TDB with trade and project finance funding to on lend to projects in high impact sectors including infrastructure, energy, manufacturing, agribusiness and healthcare in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. The overarching objective of this financing facility is to provide trade finance funding to facilitate import-export activities of SMEs and local corporates in COMESA member states.


It will benefit no less than 43 financial institutions operating in over 15 regional member countries, catalysing up to $2 billion worth of trade over the three-year period. The financing will also scale up intra-African trade, and foster regional integration. The trade finance funding will boost the import-export trade activities of local corporates and SMEs, while the project finance component will support regional infrastructure development, all crucial for the attainment of the Bank’s strategic objectives under the High 5s. It is expected that approximately 33% of the facilities will be used towards facilitating trade finance transactions in countries experiencing fragility.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-HAA-092
Last Update 07 Dec 2022


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Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-3.3822 29.3644 Bujumbura