Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo,
September 17, 2009—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing
training in trade finance to bankers in the Democratic Republic of Congo
to help banks improve their trade finance products and better serve small
In cooperation with the government of Japan, IFC is hosting a seminar in
Kinshasa on structuring trade finance transactions, managing trade finance
risk, and increasing trade finance product offerings. More than 20
banking professionals from 13 banks across the Democratic Republic of Congo
are participating in the seminar, which runs from September 14 to September
“IFC, through its Global Trade Finance Program, is helping restore access
to trade finance, which has been negatively affected by the global financial
crisis,” said Georgina Baker, IFC Director for Financial Markets. “The
program’s training component is vital in helping banks in emerging markets
provide trade finance to importers and exporters, particularly small and
Kiyohiko Ikeda, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in the Democratic Republic
of Congo, said, “The Japanese government is pleased to work with IFC to
support emerging market trade. The seminar in Kinshasa is an important
opportunity for local banking professionals to sharpen their knowledge
of trade finance to better serve local entrepreneurs and small businesses.”
Japan has provided $1 million to the IFC Global Trade Finance Program to
support training workshops and help local banks in Africa develop trade
finance expertise in line with internationally recognized best practices.
The government has sought to keep trade flowing during the global
financial crisis. Working in close cooperation with IFC, Japan launched
a $1.5 billion trade finance initiative in February 2009 to support importers
and exporters in developing countries.
Established in 2005, the IFC Global Trade Finance Program promotes the
expansion of trade between emerging markets, particularly South-South trade.
It has provided more than $5.3 billion in guarantees to 158 issuing
banks in 74 countries and delivered trade finance training courses in more
than 50 countries worldwide.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, creates opportunity for people to
escape poverty and improve their lives. We foster sustainable economic
growth in developing countries by supporting private sector development,
mobilizing private capital, and providing advisory and risk mitigation
services to businesses and governments. Our new investments totaled $14.5
billion in fiscal 2009, helping channel capital into developing countries
during the financial crisis. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.