Multilateral Development Banks

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:

  • Counseling on how to approach the MDB and borrowing governments;
  • Conversing with project task managers at the MDB to provide U.S. firms with updates on specific projects;
  • Advocating on behalf of U.S. firms to ensure that their project bids are receiving fair and equal consideration in relation to other project bids;
  • Identifying business opportunities;
  • Identifying MDB-funded projects that present opportunities for U.S. firms’ products and/or services;
  • Informing U.S. firms of relevant Invitations to Bid (specific procurement notices) as they become available;
  • Identifying upcoming projects that present a good opportunity for U.S. firms;
  • Keeping U.S. firms informed of MDB procured contracts, including policy studies (e.g., on subjects such as gender, the environment) and goods/services directly procured by the MDB.

WORLD BANK

Commercial Service Liaison Website: The World Bank (WB)
World Bank Official website: http://www.worldbank.org/

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Commercial Service Liaison Website: The African Development Bank (AfDB)
AfDB Official Website: http://www.afdb.org/

ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Commercial Service Liaison Website: The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
ADB Official Website: http://www.adb.org/

INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Commercial Service Liaison Website: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
IADB Official Website: http://www.iadb.org/

EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Commercial Service Liaison Website: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
EBRD Official Website: http://www.ebrd.com/