• October 29, 2020

ARLINGTON, October 29 – On Thursday, Nathan led a webinar under the US-Support for Economic Growth in Asia (US-SEGA) project focusing on how U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) tools can be harnessed to address a lack of liquidity in financial systems. The webinar launched the USAID Liquidity Toolkit, which was developed by Nathan and funded by USAID as part of the US-SEGA project. The Toolkit is designed to be a practical guide that presents a selection of USAID and DFC tools that USAID Economic Growth Officers in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond can deploy to address various liquidity scenarios. The Toolkit comprises a menu of USAID and DFC tools; comprehensive analysis, illustrative uses, costs, timelines, benefits, and challenges for each tool; practical information on engaging DFC in Washington and the field; a list of DFC groups and USAID buy-in mechanisms that can support tool deployment; potential outcomes of using these tools, such as establishing investment funds and liquidity facilities; and investor feedback and recommendations for current and future tools .

During the webinar, Sean Keogh, Nathan’s Vice President for Structured Finance and Investment and the lead author of the Toolkit, presented the Toolkit, focusing the discussion on how tools address liquidity constraints in the current economic environment, such as financial institutions struggling to obtain liquidity, companies needing recapitalization, new pandemic-related requirements that governments are placing on the financial sector, difficulties in getting money into the hands of those who need it most, and the unique barriers that women-owned business are facing to access liquidity. Mr. Keogh was joined by two senior representatives from the DFC’s Mission Transaction Unit, who highlighted specific ways in which DFC has been tackling liquidity issues in the Asia-Pacific and how USAID and DFC can work together in USAID partner countries. The webinar was attended by USAID officers from Washington and missions throughout the Asia-Pacific region, as well as representatives from the DFC. Overall, the webinar highlighted how USAID can more holistically address liquidity and investment and integrate the tools it has at its disposal into sustainable approaches for economic growth and development.

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