British International Investment
25 March 2024

British International Investment extends $100 million finance facility to TDB to support trade and food security in Africa

  • The facility will support businesses and financial institutions to increase trade finance activities in Africa.
  • Better access to trade finance will support the flow of vital goods and services.
  • This includes agricultural goods such as fertilisers, seeds and machinery which will help address food security issues in Africa.

British International Investment (BII), the UK’s Development Finance Institution (DFI) and impact investor, today announced a US$ 100 million finance facility with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB). The investment is designed to strengthen economic resilience in the region by supporting essential trade finance activities, fostering agricultural development and addressing critical challenges such as food insecurity.

The facility will empower TDB to provide financial support to local businesses and financial institutions in several key markets in Africa. Many African economies are facing various economic challenges, including currency depreciation, rising inflation, debt challenges, and climate-related vulnerabilities, all exacerbated by global economic factors such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict and post-COVID economic turbulence.

TDB will use the financing to fund trade transactions, including importing and exporting goods, commodities, and essential services across the region. This allocation of capital is crucial for overcoming the barriers to trade in Africa, including the retreat of international correspondent banks from the continent, and addressing the substantial trade financing gap estimated at $80-120 billion. With improved access to trade finance, businesses can engage more readily in import and export activities, facilitating increased cross-border trade, contributing to food security, and stimulating job creation, economic growth and resilience in Africa.

The financing will enable local companies to procure essential agricultural inputs, such as fertilisers, seeds, and machinery. By facilitating access to these critical resources, the facility aims to enhance local production capabilities, increase agricultural productivity, support both export sectors stimulating forex generation and elevate the overall quality of food products. This helps address immediate food security issues and increases the agricultural sector’s capacity, global competitiveness, and economic output.

In recent years, TDB has strengthened its collaboration with financial institutions, recognising them as essential partners to boost trade. This strategic partnership is vital to increasing the flow of goods and services, including through financial institutions. The transaction builds on BII and TDB’s shared ambition of empowering critical segments of the economy, as well as the private sector including SMEs, which the institutions are committed to supporting to promote inclusive growth across the continent.

Andrew Mitchell, Minister for Development and Africa, said: “This investment underscores the UK government’s commitment to supporting economic and agricultural development across Africa by empowering businesses, stimulating trade, and increasing the flow of essential goods and services. This funding will also help to lower trade barriers so that companies across the continent are better able to expand into overseas markets, access vital resources and tackle critical challenges such as food security.”

Ndaba Mpofu, Director and Head of Financial Services Debt at British International Investment, said: “Through this investment, BII is focusing its capital on offering strategic support to key financial institutions in countries we have a long-term commitment to. This facility with TDB aligns with our core mission to address the financing gaps in areas that help empower local businesses to drive inclusive growth, boost trade flows, and strengthen economic resilience.”

Admassu Tadesse, TDB Group President and Managing Director, said: “TDB Group has been playing an important role in the trade finance space, often working countercyclically to contribute to the security of supply of essential commodities in high priority sectors such as agriculture and healthcare. This is the fourth facility we are signing with BII and its predecessor. We are pleased to continue building this strategic partnership, and through this new facility, enhance efforts to address ongoing supply chains disruptions and forex shortages, and their impact on food security.”



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About British International Investment

British International Investment (BII) is the UK’s development finance institution and a trusted investment partner to businesses in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. It invests to support the UK Government’s Clean Green Initiative and to create productive, sustainable, and inclusive economies in eligible markets. Between 2022 and 2026, at least 30 percent of BII’s total new commitments by value will be in climate finance. The company has investments in over 1,470 businesses in emerging economies across 65 countries and total assets of £8.1 billion. For further information about BII and its impactful initiatives, please visit: | watch here.

About TDB Group

Established in 1985, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is an investment-grade African regional development finance group, with the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration and sustainable development. With an asset base of USD 10 bn, TDB Group has 25 African member states, which alongside non-regional member countries and institutional investors from Africa, Europe and Asia, form TDB’s community of shareholders.

TDB Group counts several subsidiaries and strategic business units including the Trade and Development Bank (TDB), TDB Group Asset Management (TAM), the Trade and Development Fund (TDF), TDB Captive Insurance Company (TCI), the ESATAL fund management company and TDB Academy.

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