The EDB and Gazprombank agree to develop cooperation on banking support for contracts in the EAEU+

03 September 2021

Vladivostok, 3 September 2021. The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and Gazprombank agreed to develop cooperation on banking support for contracts when implementing projects in the EDB member states. The memorandum was signed on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum by Tigran Sargsyan, Vice Chairman of the EDB Management Board, and Oleg Melnikov, Executive Vice-President and Head of the Department of Banking Support for Contracts at Gazprombank.

The joint project is based on Gazprombank’s Banking Support for Contracts product intended to help customers with their business objectives such as budget management and control over the targeted use of funds, implementing a risk-based approach, optimising the costs of supported projects, and enhancing the transparency of project implementation for all project participants, including the investor.

Separate project-specific accounts are opened for all participants in a supported project, including direct contractors, manufacturers, and equipment suppliers. The Bank checks each payment by project participants for compliance with the customer-set parameters. In this way, settlements become fully transparent and easily controllable for the participants and project owners, and project-related cash flows get separated from other business activities of the participants. The customer receives interactive reports on the results of banking support to monitor the progress of a project in real time, develop a database of supporting documents, and ensure financial control.

“We see high potential for cooperation in using innovative transaction products developed by Gazprombank for Eurasian counterparts. It is clear that we need additional control over the efficient and targeted use of finance allocated to the EDB-funded projects. We expect that the use of banking support for contracts will contribute to the successful implementation of projects,” commented Tigran Sargsyan, Vice Chairman of the EDB Management Board.

“Engaging with leading international financial institutions is an important part of Gazprombank’s business strategy for banking support for contracts. We are pleased to see that Gazprombank’s role in the implementation of investment projects in the EAEU+ member states has been constantly growing, including with the technology to provide banking support for contracts we’ve developed,” said Oleg Melnikov.

Additional information:

The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) is an international financial institution promoting integration and development in its member countries. For 15 years, the Bank has worked to strengthen and broaden economic ties and foster comprehensive development in its member countries – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, and Tajikistan. The EDB's charter capital totals US $7 billion. The EDB’s portfolio mainly consists of projects with an integration effect in the areas of transport infrastructure, digitalisation, green energy, agriculture, industry, and mechanical engineering. The Bank adheres to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and ESG principles in its operations.

Gazprombank ranks among the top three leaders of the Russian banking sector by main volume indicators (according to INTERFAX-100. Banks of Russia, www.finmarket.ru/database/rankings/), as well as among the largest financial institutions in Central and Eastern Europe.

Gazprombank provides a wide range of services to corporate and private clients. The Bank provides services to key sectors of the Russian economy — gas, oil, chemical and petrochemical, metallurgy, electric power, mechanical engineering, transport, construction, communications, the agro-industrial complex, trade, and other industries. The Bank boasts many years of unique experience in the arrangement of project financing and placement of debt instruments on the Russian and international capital markets; the provision of financial and advisory services involving project, corporate and debt financing, as well as experience in the field of corporate investment management both in Russia and abroad.

Gazprombank’s retail business is focused on providing modern high-tech products and services. As of the beginning of 2021, the Bank was providing services to roughly 5 million individual customers. The Bank’s retail loan portfolio as of year-end 2020 stood at more than RUB 660 billion, with a retail deposit portfolio in excess of RUB 770 billion.

The EDB Media Centre:

Azima Sapargaliyeva +7 (777) 750 00 08 (Almaty)

Sergey Gorbachev +7 (916) 727 22 00 (Moscow)

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