BIO’s Board of Directors approves Investment Strategy 2015 – 2018

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On December 16th, the Board of Directors of the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) approved the new investment strategy 2015 – 2018 in line with the Management Contract signed with the Belgian State in April 2014. The Investment Strategy strongly focuses on micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises, targeting specifically those that cannot appeal to commercial financing.

An important change in the strategy is reducing the number of countries BIO will be active in from over a 100 to 52. In terms of sectors,

BIO will focus on the following five sectors:

• Financial sector, focusing on financial inclusion to overcome poverty. In this respect, microfinance will play an important role, as well as those financial institutions that target small enterprises specifically.

• Agriculture, with a special focus on increasing productivity and processing, and ensuring food security.

• Energy, with a special focus on sustainable and renewable energy.

• Infrastructure, prioritising irrigation, telecommunications and transport

• Basic services to the population such as health, water education and housing.

In its direct investments in medium-sized enterprises, BIO will centre its activities on creating or supporting those enterprises that have the potential to become leaders and play a structuring role in their market.

You can find the summary of the investment strategy here.

You can download the complete investment strategy here.