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AUSTRALIA

Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)

Focuses on developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, harnessing the expertise and capacity of Australian enterprises to work with counterpart organizations in the area.

Australian Trade Commission (AUSTRADE)

Promotes Australian industry abroad and identifies business opportunities.

Environment Australia

Promotes Australian environment industry capabilities domestically and internationally and identifies and contributes to environment capacity building opportunities in developing countries.

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC)

Insures investment exposed to heightened political risks in emerging markets.

 

AUSTRIA

Bürgesförderungsbank Gesellschaft

FDI scheme for small-and medium-sized enterprises and financial aid for a long-term partnership between an Austrian SME and a private company.

Erp-Fonds (European Recovery Programme Fund)

Supports Austrian companies investing home or abroad.

Financing Guarantee Company (East-West Fund)

Eases the long-term project financing by Austrian companies abroad. It is now merged with the Finance Guarantee Company in Austria is now AWS 

 

BELGIUM

Belgian Corporation for International Investment (BMI-SBI)

An investment company whose main objective is to provide medium to long-term co-financing for Belgian companies investing abroad.


BRUNEI

Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources

Spearheads industrial and commercial development through investment in key industrial sectors in the interest of Brunei's business.

 
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CANADA

Africa Direct - Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Initiative led by the Government of Canada to build stronger Canadian–African business linkages.

Industrial Cooperation Programme - Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Provides finance to Canadian business planning sustainable activities in developing countries in various sectors.

Export Development Corporation

Promotes Canadian outward investment through direct loans, lines of credit and equity. participation.

 

 

CYPRUS

The Cyprus Investment Promotions Agency (CIPA)

Established with a Council of Ministers decision in 2007, the Cyprus Investment Promotions Agency is a registered not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and fully funded by the Government of Cyprus and has a threefold mandate:

  • To promote Cyprus as an attractive international investment centre in key priority growth sectors
  • To advocate reform in Cyprus required to improve the regulatory and business environment and infrastructure
  • To provide investor support with after care and further development services

CIPA takes the lead in attracting foreign direct investment in conjunction and partnership with the private sector and related government organizations and agencies. CIPA is actively involved in advocating key reforms hurdles and strengthen the regulatory and business environment in Cyprus which is foundational requirement to attract and retain foreign direct investment, especially in an increasingly competitive global economic framework. CIPA encourages foreign businesses to explore opportunities for investment in Cyprus.

The One-Stop Shop, under the auspices of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, serves both local and foreign based companies, providing one single contact regarding:

  • Company registration
  • VAT registration
  • Income tax registration
  • Social Insurance Fund and Employers Registration
  • Application for the issuance of residence and work permits
 

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

 
Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP)

Insurance against non-marketable commercial and political risks with state support.

 

DENMARK

 
 
Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)

Provides capital and know-how for investments in developing countries.

Danish Co-operation for Environment and Development (DANCED)

Promotes the transfer of environmental know-how and technology from Danish companies to developing countries.

The Industrialization Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) and the Investment Fund for Emerging marketS (IFV)

Promotes Danish investment and economic activity in developing countries and emerging markets and contributes to a positive and environmentally responsible industrial development of these markets.

 

FINLAND

 
FINNFUND

Investment finance company for emerging markets through equity participation, loans and fund management.

FINN VERA PLC

Specialized financing company offering financing services to promote the internationalization of Finnish business.

 

FRANCE

 
French Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Provides funding to encourage developing countries and economies in transition to incorporate protection of the global environment into their development Programmes and projects.

Investment and Promotion Company for Economic Cooperation (PROPARCO)

A subsidiary of the Agence Française de Développement, PROPARCO provides support to SMEs in developing countries.

 

GERMANY

 
Bundestelle für Aussenhandelsinformation

Fosters outward investment through research and dissemination of information about potential investment destinations.

The German Investment and Development Company (DEG)

Provides a range of financing and consultancy services to investors and promotes private enterprise as a contribution to sustainable growth in developing and transition economies.

KFW-The German Development Bank

Provides finances for investments and project-related consultancy services to expand social, economic and industrial infrastructure in developing countries.

 

 
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ICELAND

 
Overseas Business Services (OBS)

Disseminates information on potential destinations for outward investment such as country profiles and investment opportunities database.

 

INDIA

 
Indian Investment Centre (ICC)

Deals with policy matters relating to Indian investment abroad, both direct and portfolio.

 

ITALY

 
Instituto per la Promozione Industriale (IPI)

Provides a range of financing and consultancy services to Italian companies seeking to invest abroad.

Mondimpresa

Fosters Italian entrepreneurs, specially small and medium-sized companies by informing about investment opportunities and giving technical assistance.

Prometeo SRL

Gives technical assistance for manufacturing and technological projects abroad with Italian participation.

Instituto per i Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero (SACE)

Insures Italian companies investing abroad.

Società Italiana per le Imprese Miste all'Estero Spa (SIMEST)

Finances up to 25% of Italian equity investment abroad.

 

JAPAN

Japan International Development Organization Ltd. (JAIDO)

Promotes joint ventures which contribute to the growth of private sectors in developing countries.

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Provides private sector investment finance through loan financing for and equity investment in private companies in developing countries.

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Promotes Japanese direct investment abroad through a variety of services.

Export-Import Bank of Japan (JEXIM)

Finances Japanese firms' equity acquisition abroad.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

JICA provides long-term, low-interest loans to Japanese enterprises for projects which do not qualify for loans from the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund or the Export-Import Bank of Japan.

Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI)

Promotes Japanese direct investment abroad through research and training.


KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)

articipates in the financing of development projects in developing countries through the granting of loans.


KOREA

The Export-Import Bank of Korea

Provides overseas investment credits to Korean nationals who invest abroad in the form of capital subscription, acquisition stock, and extension of long-term credit.

 
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KUWAIT

Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development

Assists Arab and other developing countries in developing their economies particularly by providing loans and grants to facilitate the implementation of development programmes.


MALAYSIA

Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

Provides information on investment opportunities abroad for Malaysian business.


MEXICO

ProMexico

Mexican Government institution in charge of strengthening Mexico’s participation in the international economy.


NETHERLANDS

The Netherlands Foreign Trade Agency (EVD)

Databank of trade and investment opportunities worldwide.

Dutch Credit Insurance Company (NCM NV)

Offers a range of credit management solutions to support companies with their national and international trading activities.  

Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO)

Promotes investment and international business partnerships in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Senter

Is responsible for the execution of grant schemes in the fields of technology, energy, environment, exports or international partnerships and offers financial assistance for the realization of projects.


NEW ZEALAND

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Development Cooperation Division)

Promotes the development of the private sector in the Pacific Islands and builds links between New Zealand and Pacific Islands private sectors.

South Pacific Trade Commission (SPTC)

Identifies of joint venture investment partners and promotion of the Pacific Islands Investment and Development Scheme (PIIDS).


NORWAY

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

Finances projects in development cooperation in partnership with the central government and local authorities, civil society and the business sector.

Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (NORFUND)

Contributes to the success of the projects by providing not only risk capital but also expertise, increasing the value of the investments through active participation on the board and by providing commercial and financial expertise and access to an extensive international network.


PORTUGAL

Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal (AICEP)

Assists home entrepreneurs in identifying opportunities for investment abroad as well as giving credit solutions.


QATAR

Economic and Commercial Promotion Department, Ministry of Economy and Commerce
 

SINGAPORE

Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB)

Networks to provide investment information and technical advice to firms seeking expanding abroad.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

Invest in infrastructure and facilitates the provision of infrastructural development finance, finances sustainable development business in partnership with the private sector, also acts as a catalyst for investment.

 
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SPAIN

Compañia Española de Financiación del Desarrollo (COFIDES)

Fosters Spanish investment in developing countries and economies in transition by providing project feasibility studies, mediating in the application for subsidies, and also providing financial support.

Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior (ICEX)

Informs, advises and finances Spanish companies with outward investment projects.

 

SWEDEN

Swedfund International AB

Provides capital and know-how for investments in developing countries primarily in partnership with Swedish companies.

 

SWITZERLAND

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Provides funding as well as financial services for investment projects in developing countries.

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

Promotes investment in developing countries and emerging countries mainly through risk-sharing schemes.

Swiss Organization for Facilitating Investments (SOFI)

Encourages, facilitates and contributes to the effective implementation of investment projects between Swiss companies and counterparts from developing and transition countries.

 

THAILAND

Export-Import Bank of Thailand (EXIM BANK)

Provides financial services and medium and long-term credit facilities to Thai companies investing abroad. Additionally it is able to joint-invest in their ventures through equity participation. It also has a special support programme for neighboring countries.

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC)

The CDC is the UK Government’s main instrument for directly mobilizing private investment in developing countries.

Department for International Development (DFID)

Promotes UK private sector trade and investment in developing countries through the collaboration with business on individual projects.

Department of Trade and Industry

Promotes a wide range of policies that support technology development, foreign investment, trade, technical, managerial and other capacity building.

Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD)

Promotes UK firms investment overseas by providing guarantees, insurance and reinsurance against loss.

Trade Partners UK

Provides advice on market condition and matchmaking with local firms to UK firms looking to invest in developing countries.

 

UNITED STATES

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Provides political risk insurance and project financing for investment projects abroad.

Environmental Exports Programme - Export-Import Bank of the United States (EX-IM)

Provides enhanced short-term, multi-buyer and single-buyer insurance coverage for small business.

Trade and Development Agency (TDA)

Enable American businesses to compete for infrastructure and industrial projects in middle-income and developing countries through the funding of feasibility studies, site visits, specialized training grants, business workshops and various forms of technical assistance.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Provides business-matching programmes.

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