How do I find out which companies and banks are involved?

  • Online – try searching both in the local language and in English. Often there are rumours in the media, which may not be true, but provide a basis for further checking.
  • Check other local media
  • Ask government – through formal information requests and informal contacts. Sometimes official government plans have information on possible financing of projects.
  • Ask banks or export credit agencies by letter – if the companies are Czech, try the Czech Export Bank; if they’re Chinese try China ExIm Bank or China Development Bank; if they’re Japanese try JBIC or NEXI. If ‘commercial banks’ are mentioned, ask Banktrack for help (yann@banktrack.org).
  • Informal contacts in business, government, experts, opposition parties
  • If you’re still stuck, contact Bankwatch (kingsofcoal@bankwatch.org) for help