Finance for Trade

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This guide is a road map for navigating the waters that have been charted over years of accumulated expertise in trade financing. It is intended as a practical work of reference that draws on and adapts traditional and new techniques, mechanisms, instruments and in situations with the intent to stimulate trade finance practices through changes, especially in the private sector and with particular reference to the needs and concerns of small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries and transition economies.

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Finance for trade: Introducing new approaches

In most developing countries the lack of finance for the private sector – a state of affairs often decried by most enterprises, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – is not so much the result of an actual shortage of funds within the domestic financial sector (although this can sometimes be the case) or from trade and development finance institutions overseas. Rather, it is the result of the low creditworthiness of borrowers or the poor prospects that projects and transactions generally present to investors and bankers.

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