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  • BIO STORYletter

  • 19.01.2018
  • In our monthly STORYletter, we feature a Story of someone somehow linked to BIO - as a farmer, a small-scale businesswoman, a credit officer, a fund manager, an employee, a shareholder, or in yet another way. We share their Stories with you because they convey what BIO is trying to achieve as an impact investor.Subscribe now!

  • Story - Jérémie Lubiba

  • 19.01.2018
  • An accidental pharmacist.

    I actually became a pharmacist by accident.My father was a nurse, so I wanted to become a doctor. In those days, you could enrol for 2 studies at the same time, in case you didn’t get in in one; so I enrolled in Pharmacy as well. Medicine was too much in demand, so they put me in Pharmacy. After finishing school, I didn’t wait to get a job. Within two months, I was working for an American laboratory. Sadly, during the troubles in the 1990s, most international companies left. Ours stayed for a while, but as the sales kept going down, one day I found myself without a job.At the time, there was an agreement between Zaire and South Africa, allowing us to enter without a visa. A lot of my friends had already left, and my wife and I were thinking of doing the same thing – I already had a few jobs lined up. But as good Christians, first we wanted to pray to God for guidance. So we prayed and fasted for three days. Two days later, God spoke through me. He said: stay in this country; and build a pharmaceutical laboratory. And that’s – with only 5000 USD in my pockets – how Laboratoires B.I.S. was born!

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  • Ten Merina PV Solar Inauguration

  • 18.01.2018
  • The official inauguration of the Ten Merina Photovoltaic Solar plant in Senegal took place in the presence of the prime minister of republic, Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne. The 92,000 solar panels will cover the electricity needs of more than 225,000 people, thereby avoiding the emission of 33,300 tonnes of CO2 annually.Click here for more information on the project and here for the press release by Proparco (en français)

  • Injaro Investments et BIO s’associent pour investir dans l’aviculture au Niger

  • 18.01.2018
  • French Article published in Financial Afrik

    Injaro annonce un investissement dans AviNiger, une entreprise avicole aux normes respectant le bien-être animal.AviNiger va fournir des œufs de consommation de qualité et contribuer à réduire le déficit d’aliments protéiques au Niger. Injaro investit  avec BIO, la Société belge d’Investissement pour les Pays en Développement, dans une société Nigérienne pour la construction d’une ferme de production d’œufs ultramoderne d’une capacité annuelle de plus de 35 millions d’œufs à Niamey. Cet investissement fera de AviNiger le premier producteur d’œufs au Niger. La ferme sera dotée d’une unité de production d’aliments de volaille et de bétail d’une capacité de 30 000 tonnes. La production de l’usine permettra de fournir des aliments de qualité et accessibles aux éleveurs locaux pendant toute l’année et apportera ainsi une solution à la forte mortalité du bétail pendant la saison sèche. Bénéficiant d’une alimentation en énergie solaire, la ferme produira également plus de 2 000 tonnes de fumier qui seront distribuées comme engrais naturels aux agriculteurs. En outre, par sa politique d’approvisionnement local, AviNiger offrira un débouché important pour les petits producteurs de sorgho et de maïs. S’exprimant à propos de cet investissement, Guy Van Kesteren, Directeur Général de AviNiger, a déclaré : «Nous sommes ravis de nous associer à Injaro et BIO. Leur soutien est une validation de nos plans visant à fournir durablement au marché Nigérien des œufs de consommation abordables et de qualité. Le Niger compte une population de 21 millions d’habitants en forte croissance. Le pays est sous la menace constante de la famine et la sécurité alimentaire constitue un défi majeur. Pour Dadié TAYORAUD, Directeur des Opérations à Injaro Investments : « Le Niger continue d’importer des œufs qui, pourtant, peuvent être produits localement. Cet investissement apportera une réponse au déficit en protéines et contribuera à la sécurité alimentaire tout en créant de la valeur pour nos investisseurs ». La société d’investissement Belge, BIO, a joué un rôle important pour la construction des élevages de AviNiger aux normes internationales respectueuses du bien-être des animaux. Dimitry Van Raemdonck, Manager à BIO, a déclaré : « Nous sommes très fiers de faire partie de cet important investissement qui permettra de produire des œufs de qualité en respectant des normes environnementales et sociales très strictes. Nous ne croyons pas aux exigences en deçà de la moyenne pour le continent et espérons que cette entreprise inspirera d’autres entrepreneurs au Niger et au-delà. »Original article

  • Belgian Port of Antwerp International to manage port of Cotonou, Bénin

  • 08.01.2018
  • Port of Antwerp International (PAI) has been appointed by of Benin to modernise the port of Cotonou. This port is the economic heart of Benin, handling an annual freight volume of around 12 million tonnes. In the longer term, the port authority wants the port to grow further, but both the infrastructure and the organisation are outdated. The government therefore decided to temporarily outsource the management of the port.Mr Luuk Zonneveld, CEO of BIO, was a member of the Belgian delegation who was in Cotonou to sign the contract. Management is aiming for significant industrial development through the participation of private companies - that may benefit from investments from BIO.

  • BTC/CTB becomes Enabel

  • 01.01.2018
  • BTC/CTB, like BIO a member of the Belgian Development Cooperation, has changed its name to Enabel. Together with this change in name and logo, there have been changes to their mandage and general strategy.For more information, click here.

  • Problems reaching us by phone?

  • 22.12.2017
  • Due to technical problems, you may experience some difficulties in reaching us by phone.We will solve the issue as quickly as we can; but until then, you can reach us on the following numbers: +32 472 61 05 53 or +32 472 61 06 14.If less urgent, we suggest you contact us via email (info@bio-invest.be).Our apologies for the inconvenience.

  • Move

  • 15.12.2017
  • After almost 16 years, the Belgian Investment Company has moved out of the Avenue de Tervueren 188A to our new home in the Rue des Carmes 24A, 1000 Brussels, in the city center.This move was necessary as our company has grown significantly over the last couple of years, and we need more space to do our work. Our new offices are close to those of the other Belgian Development actors, which will facilitate cooperation.

  • Sustainable Investment - Creating a long-term impact

  • 04.12.2017
  • Dutch - An interview with Gerd Philippaerts, Fund Mgmt Company Director

    “Wanneer wij investeren in ontwikkelingslanden is het belangrijk om daar op lange termijn een blijvende impact te hebben op het vlak van jobcreatie, economische groei, milieu, … Voor wat betreft dat laatste is het de bedoeling om de aarde beter achter te laten dan dat we hem hebben aangetroffen. De grootste prioriteit in lageloonlanden is doorgaans het aanpakken van de extreme armoede. De Sustainable Development Goals van de Verenigde Naties, die deze armoede tegen 2030 uit de wereld willen helpen, staan in deze landen dan ook centraal in onze investeringspolitiek”, opent Philippaerts.

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  • Story - Delphine Ndiaye

  • 27.11.2017
  • ‘Our most important task is to show people they can trust us.’

    She adored her father who never took a day off. ‘I work so hard because I want my father to be proud of me, although he’s no longer there’. She’s very athletic: ‘Every day before going to office I have a workout for an hour’, and she works in a man’s world: ‘It’s up to us women to show our abilities.’ ‘I had a close relationship with my father; he was my role model. He worked so hard, I can’t remember him taking a day off. Only when he had to stay at home for a month because of a rupture of his Achilles heel tendon, he was not at work. But he couldn’t sit still; he started filming our family and our neighbourhood during our sporting and recreational activities. He always gave the best of himself, so I also want to give the best of myself. I was born in Dakar and we had a wonderful childhood. We lived in Mermoz, an area with many different nationalities. I played with French, Spanish, Danish and African children. Sports mainly, like basketball, tennis, skateboarding. My whole family loves sports; my father started his career as a gym-teacher, my mother was a basketball player in the Senegalese national team. My father did well thanks to his hard work; at the end of his career he was a director at the ministry of Sports.’

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