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Trade Lending FY 2011

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The World Bank Group supports trade-related reforms in developing countries through analytical and advisory services, financial assistance, technical assistance, and capacity building activities. Our trade portfolio aids developing countries to better integrate into the global economy, enhance their market access, and make trade and competitiveness a centerpiece of countries’ development and growth strategies.

In FY 2011, the World Bank provided a total of US$2.6 billion in trade-related lending to help developing countries achieve their trade-reform objectives. Lending in FY 2011 represents an almost five-fold increase from FY 2003 levels, when lending amounted to US$566 million, with the share of trade-related lending in total Bank lending also showing a rising trend in recent years, from an average of 2% for FY02-FY03 to an average of about 6% for FY09-FY11. Overall Bank lending for FY2011 reached US$43 billion.

nullConcessional lending benefitting the least developed countries (IDA projects) reached its highest levels this fiscal year as compared to previous years, and non-concessional lending (IBRD projects) for other middle and low-income countries remained strong (excluding the Kazakhstan project). World Bank trade-related lending also supported more projects (51 projects) in FY 2010 than in the preceding fiscal year (34 projects), driven by an increase in projects in four out of the World Bank six regional groupings- Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia and South Asia.

More than half of World Bank lending in FY2010 went to developing countries in the Africa Region (36 percent) and Latin America and the Caribbean (22 percent), followed by South Asia, Europe and Central Asia, East Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Nearly half (46 percent) of trade-related projects in FY 2010, were concentrated in the area of trade facilitation and market access. Regional integration (29 percent), export development and competitiveness (22 percent), and technology diffusion (3 percent) accounted for the remainder of the trade-related projects. Trade facilitation accounted for an even bigger share of trade-related project in FY 2009, as a result of large loan to Kazakhstan, the Southwest Corridor Road Rehabilitation Project to benefit trade infrastructure in Kazakhstan and neighboring countries.

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World Bank Trade Portfolio for FY 2009 

Last updated on Aug 20, 2010

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