• Who we are
    • History
    • Members
    • Charter
    • Directors
    • Governors
    • Management
    • Organization
    • Partners
    • The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, known more commonly as TDB, and previously PTA Bank, is a specialized African regional financial institution established in 1985 that provides short, medium and long term financing, across a wide set of sectors, both private and public sector clients, on sustainable and commercial principles.

    • Trade finance
    • Project and Infrastructure Finance
    • Environmental and Social Management Framework
    • The Banks mission is to finance and foster trade. socio economic development and regional economic integration through trade and development finance, funds management as well as advisory and agency services.

      Furthermore, TDB has a comprehensive Environmental and Social Management Framework for TDB Financed projects. TDB also undertakes continuous assessment of its financed projects to ensure adherence to global best practices of Environmental and Social issues.

    • Overview
    • Annual Reports
    • Funding
    • Highlights
    • TDB is a treaty-based, specialist regional multilateral development bank (MDB) that is investment grade, profitable and dividend paying. It operates on both market and sustainability principles, and does not offer concessional finance, as it is not a donor funded institution. Established by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), it is owned by 23 sovereigns, mainly from eastern and southern Africa, both COMESA and non-COMESA sovereigns, as well as non-African sovereigns and institutional shareholders such as international financial institutions, pension funds and insurance companies

    • Our Interventions
    • By Sector
    • We provide various types of credit and guarantees, such as letters of credit, trade loans, and term loans, including agency backed loans, in various development sectors, with preference, where feasible, for transactions that have high levels of development impact and positive cross-border effects, including transactions that enhance the connectivity and complementarity of Member States. Equity financing is considered very selectively on a case by base. Other services provided include funds/asset management, advisory and agency services.

    • Careers
    • Consulting
    • Procurement
    • Young Professionals Program
    • The Bank is first and foremost a merit-based employer, where the paramount consideration in recruitment is integrity, efficiency and competence, both technical and international experience. The Bank, statutorily, seeks diversity in its recruitment, across Member States, gender and age. Nationals and the diaspora of Member States and Member Countries are eligible to apply to vacancies, provided they are under the age of 62. As a rule, the President and majority of the Bank shall always be nationals of Member States.



We support trading activities in the sectors that foster and support the social and  economic development of the COMESA region.

Currently we focus on the following sectors:

  • Petrochemical products (fuels and fertilizers)
  • Agricultural commodities and agribusiness in general
  • Minerals and raw materials
  •  Agricultural development value chain
  • Transport and communication infrastructure
  • Manufacturing inputs


We support trade transactions using the following products and services:

  • Issuance and confirmation of letter of credit
  • Pre-shipment or post-shipment finance facilities
  • Asset based lending
  • Securities backed loans
  • Structured finance for certain capital equipment or assets
  • Account receivable financing (bills discounting)

Our minimum ticket per client/transaction is US$ 5 million and maximum US$ 70 million. Our trade finance tenors ranger between 12 months and 36  months.

Facilities are priced specific to the transaction and taking into account the risk profile of the transaction and the borrower. Certain charges and fees are  payable in addition to the interest rate levied in the facilities. Whilst we specialize in self-liquidating structured transactions we also consider that collateral  is sometimes required to support such structures.