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  • Séminaire: Défis et opportunités des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises dans les pays en développement

  • 10.09.2014
  • BIO et le Fonds Gouvernance d'Entreprise en RDC, géré par la Fondation Roi Baudouin, organisent un séminaire sur les défis et opportunités rencontrés par les PMEs le jeudi 23 octobre 2014 à Bruxelles. Les PMEs jouent un rôle crucial pour la croissance économique et la création d’emplois. Cependant, les entrepreneurs de PMEs rencontrent dans les pays en développement des obstacles importants au démarrage et à la croissance de leurs activités. Ce séminaire s’intéresse aux contraintes de développement des PMEs et au rôle que peuvent jouer une Institution de Finance du Développement comme BIO et les investisseurs privés dans le soutien aux Petites et Moyennes Entreprises. Depuis 2010, le Fond Corporate Governance en RDC, géré par la Fondation Roi Baudoin, et avec le soutien financier de BIO depuis 2014, attribute tous les deux ans un Prix ‘Corporate Governance’ à un entrepreneur en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Ce prix est destiné à promouvoir l’entrepreneuriat des PMEs et les principes de Corporate Governance’ en RDC. Cette année, le prix a été décerné à Monsieur Philémon Kivuvu Musul, CEO de Calmaco Sprl, et remis à Kinshasa en juin 2014. Lors du séminaire organisé à Bruxelles, Monsieur Philémon Kivuvu Musul rejoindra un panel d’experts pour discuter des défis et opportunités rencontrées par les PME’s dans les pays en développement. Plus d’information sur le programme on sme-development.be

  • BIO subsidises a combined heat and power plant feasibility study in Nicaragua

  • 22.05.2014
  • In March 2014, BIO signed a feasibility study agreement with Exportadora Atlantic in Nicaragua. This coffee producing, processing and trading company works directly with local coffee producers and roasters, supporting them with advice, training and group ex-changes of experience and know-how in order to achieve the highest quality standards. The company also assists producers in getting the Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable agriculture. Exportadora Atlantic is currently evaluating the installation of a combined heat and power plant using agricultural waste (coffee husks) of their plant in Sébaco. This projects scores particularly high on development impacts, as it will contribute to Nicaragua’s energy independence, reduce carbon emissions, create employment and increase the value chain. In the mid-term, the model could be copied on other plants. BIO finances 50% of the cost of the feasibility study that is carried out by a local consulting company, specialised in clean energy production and solutions in Central America. Read more on Exportadora Atlantic.

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  • BIO subsidises a combined heat and power plant feasibility study in Nicaragua

  • 22.05.2014
  • In March 2014, BIO signed a feasibility study agreement with Exportadora Atlantic in Nicaragua. This coffee producing, processing and trading company works directly with local coffee producers and roasters, supporting them with advice, training and group ex-changes of experience and know-how in order to achieve the highest quality standards. The company also assists producers in getting the Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable agriculture. Exportadora Atlantic is currently evaluating the installation of a combined heat and power plant using agricultural waste (coffee husks) of their plant in Sébaco. This projects scores particularly high on development impacts, as it will contribute to Nicaragua’s energy independence, reduce carbon emissions, create employment and increase the value chain. In the mid-term, the model could be copied on other plants. BIO finances 50% of the cost of the feasibility study that is carried out by a local consulting company, specialised in clean energy production and solutions in Central America. Find out more about Exportadora Atlantic.

  • BIO invests in the Indian MFI Annapurna

  • 24.03.2014
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    On March 21st 2014, BIO signed an equity investment agreement with Annapurna Microfinance Private Limited (AMPL), an MFI working with women entrepreneurs in 2 of the poorest states in India. AMPL saw the light as a microfinance initiative of a local NGO, People’s Forum, in the early nineties to provide microloans to women in mainly rural areas. Access to finance in rural areas in India is very limited and AMPL focusses on areas that are difficult to reach and are largely overseen by the commercial financial services.

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  • BIO’s first investment in Paraguay

  • 21.03.2014
  • In March 2014, BIO signed a senior loan agreement for USD 4 million with the Paraguayan bank Banco para la Produccion y Comercializacion (Bancop). The bank was incorporated in January 2012 and is the first cooperatively owned bank in Paraguay. The shareholders of Bancop are in fact the most important productive cooperatives in the country dedicated mainly to agricultural and livestock activities. They joined efforts to create a new bank with the objective of providing local producers an alternative for having access to financial products and services. BIO is lending USD 4 million to Bancop to further grow its SME loan portfolio and increase its capacity to provide financing to rural smallholders. The loan will, among others, allow Bancop to provide increased funding to SMEs in rural and unbanked areas, which in turn will support the creation of employment and livelihood opportunities for a broader portion of the population.

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  • La loi modifiant la Loi sur BIO parue au Moniteur Belge

  • 21.02.2014
  • La loi modifiant la Loi sur BIO du 3 novembre 2001, votée en décembre 2013, est parue au Moniteur belge mi- février 2014. Vous pouvez télécharger la loi consolidée avec les modifications intégrées ici.

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