Advocacy with Multilateral Development Banks
Multilateral Development Banks finance development projects worth billions of dollars throughout the world

Advocacy Liaisons at Multilateral Development Banks

Doing Business with 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. These Banks finance development projects worth billions of dollars throughout the world. 

Doing business with any of the MDBs depends on a company’s ability to do business in the country where the project will be implemented, and with the borrowing government that runs the procurement process. Knowledge of the local language, culture, business practices, legal system, and other local conditions is essential. 

How Advocacy MDB Liaisons Support U.S. Companies

The Advocacy Center has MDB Liaison Officers at each of the five MDBs to assist U.S. companies on how to work with these banks, advocate on procurement and contracting issues to ensure fair and equal treatment, and increase the proportion of MDB projects won by U.S. firms. Services include:

  • Counseling on how to approach the MDB and borrowing governments.
  • Meeting with MDB project managers to provide U.S. firms with updates on specific projects.
  • Identifying upcoming projects that present a good opportunity for U.S. firms.
  • Identifying funded projects with business opportunities for U.S. companies.
  • Informing U.S. firms of relevant Invitations to Bid (specific procurement notices).
  • Advocating that project bids from U.S. companies receive fair and equal consideration as foreign countries’ project bids.
  • Keeping U.S. firms informed of MDB procured contracts, including policy studies (on subjects such as gender, the environment, etc.) and goods/services directly procured by the MDB.

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Multilateral Development Banks: Locations and Liaison Contacts

World Bank | Washington, D.C., USA

  • Cameron Dorsey | Commercial Advisor, Office of the U.S. Executive Director at the World Bank | cdorsey2@worldbank.org
  • Barbara White | International Trade Specialist | 202-623-3822 | Barbara.White@trade.gov

Office Phone: 202-458-0120 

Advocacy Liaison Website for World Bank

World Bank Official website

 

Inter-American Development Bank | Washington, D.C., USA

  • Belen Gallegos | Commercial Liaison, Office of the U.S. Executive Director at the IDB | 202-623-3821 | bgallegos@iadb.org or Belen.Gallegos@trade.gov

Advocacy Liaison Website for Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Inter-American Development Bank Official Website

 

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development | London, United Kingdom

  • Janelle Santerre Weyek | Senior Commercial Officer and Commercial Representative to the EBRD, U.S. Embassy in London | Janelle.Weyek@trade.gov or Weyeki@ebrd.com  

Office Phone: 44-20-7338-7493 |

Advocacy Liaison Website for European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Official Website

 

Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines

  • Mark OGrady | Senior Commercial Officer and Commercial Representative to the ADB, U.S. Embassy in Manila | mark.ogrady@trade.gov
  • Michael Mia | Commercial Specialist | Michael.mia@trade.gov

Office Phone: 63-2-516-5093 and 63-2-301-2000 ; Office Fax: 63-2-516-6958

Advocacy Liaison Website Asian Development Bank

Asian Development Bank Official Website 

 

African Development Bank | Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

  • Julie LeBlanc | Senior Commercial Officer and Commercial Representative to the AfDB, U.S. Embassy in Abidjan | Julie.LeBlanc@trade.gov
  • Elvire Kodio | Commercial Specialist | Elvire.Kodio@trade.gov

Office Phone: 225-22-49-43-57; (From the USA: 301-985-8627 ext. 4357)

Advocacy Liaison Website African Development Bank
African Development Bank Official Website