Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) are organizations comprised of donor and borrowing member countries that provide financing and advice for the purpose of economic advancement in developing countries. The U.S. Department of Commerce Advocacy Center is responsible for managing the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) representatives at the MDBs. These representatives, officially called “Liaison Officers,” are responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. commercial interests at the MDBs, which finance development projects worth billions of dollars throughout the world. Liaison Officers report to the Advocacy Center in order to markedly increase the proportion of MDB tenders won by U.S. firms.
The MDB Liaison Offices’ websites (see links below) provide helpful information on their work with each MDB. We advise U.S. businesses to begin their exploration of the opportunities at these institutions by visiting these websites to acquaint themselves with the procedures and goals of each institution. The contact information for our MDB Liaison Offices is included in the Staff Directory page of this website.
The MDB Liaison Offices are dedicated to supporting U.S. companies by:
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Commercial Service Liaison Website: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
EBRD Official Website: http://www.ebrd.com/