According to bank documents, 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.
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.
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