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  • Senegalese SCL expands thanks to BIO’s € 4 million loan

  • 12.12.2013
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    Last 29th November, BIO disbursed € 3 million of a € 4 million senior loan to Société des Cultures Legumières in Senegal to finance their expansion project. SCL produces, packages, and exports fresh vegetables to the UK during the winter season in Europe, when traditional producing countries such as Morocco, Spain, Israel and Egypt cannot fill the supply needs. SCL is now developing into a 12 month business, targeting the local market as well, and increasing its value chain with the final packaging of certain vegetables.

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  • BIO verwelkomt nieuwe wet

  • 06.12.2013
  • Op 5 december heeft de Kamer van Volksvertegenwoordigers een nieuwe wet goedgekeurd ter wijziging van de Wet van 2001 tot oprichting van BIO, de Belgische Investeringsmaatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden. BIO is verheugd over de nieuwe wet, waarin BIO de referentie wordt binnen de Ontwikkelingssamenwerking inzake de financiering van de lokale privésector.

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  • BIO werkt samen met de Koning Boudewijnstichting

  • 04.11.2013
  • Prijs voor Governance in DRC

    BIO is trots samen te werken met de Koning Boudewijnstichting voor de Prijs voor Governance 2013-2014 van bedrijven in DR Congo. De Prijs, ter waarde van € 25.000, wordt om de twee jaar uitgereikt aan een man of vrouw die zijn of haar bedrijf zeer goed bestuurt. Met deze prijs willen de oprichters van het Fonds Governance van bedrijven in DR Congo een positief beeld geven van ondernemers in DR Congo die ten gunste van de lokale bevolking aan de economische ontwikkeling van het land bijdragen.

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  • RVR : after 20 years, key trade route between Kenya and North Uganda rehabilitated.

  • 31.10.2013
  • As part of the Rift Valley Railways railway network, the line connecting the boarder to Kenya with the North of Uganda has been rehabilitated. BIO, as one of the lenders to Rift Valley Railways, is proud to have taken part to this rehabilitation process. The 500 km track has been out of service for over 20 years and will be crucial as an economic artery linking eastern Uganda to northern Uganda, as well as the neighboring countries of South Sudan and DR Congo. There is no doubt that the reopening of this key trade route between Kenya and North Uganda will boost Ugandan economy.

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  • Grand-Place Vietnam wins International Cocoa Award

  • 31.10.2013
  • This October 30, 2013 Grand Place Vietnam received an Excellence Award at the “Salon du Chocolat” in Paris, for the best cocoa in the Asia-Pacific region. The “Salon du Chocolat” is a worldwide reference for quality producers of cocoa beans and chocolate. Cocoa of Excellence is the entry point for farmers to participate in the Salon du Chocolat's International Cocoa Awards, the only competition of its kind rewarding the work of cocoa farmers and celebrating the diversity of cocoa flavors.

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  • Microfinance crisis in Nicaragua: BIO contributes to the recovery

  • 29.10.2013
  • On 15th of October 2013, BIO signed a USD 4 million senior loan contract with Fondo de Desarollo Local (FDL), a microfinance institution in Nicaragua. The investment is a much needed sign to other investors that the Nicaraguan microfinance market is ready to climb out of the steep crisis it has suffered since 2009.The microfinance sector in Nicaragua was booming when in 2008 the global financial crisis hit. This originated an abrupt decline in remittances, which quickly led to repayment problems as clients were over indebted. As the economy deteriorated, the microfinance industry was further affected by a political and social movement of delinquent borrowers known as the “No Pago” (No Payment) movement. In this context MFIs and banks, needed to reschedule and restructure loans, and some of the MFIs went bankrupt. International funders grew nervous about the country risk and massively and abruptly retrieved their investments causing further trouble in the sector. After 3 years, signs of improvement are arising. The worst impacts of the crisis have been overcome and there is a positive outlook for the future of the microfinance industry in Nicaragua. Lessons have been learnt from the crisis, the MFIs now focus on sustainable growth through a balance in their growth objectives and the use of credit information bureaus to improve credit risk management and manage multiple borrowing. Furthermore, new microfinance law closes any space for the non-payment movement to maneuver, and the government is putting its best efforts to regulate and supervise the Microfinance Sector through the creation of a new organism CONAMI.

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  • CDB obtains its 1st foreign funding line for US$6M from BIO

  • 22.10.2013
  • Citizens Development Business Finance PLC in a breakthrough transaction obtained its first foreign funding line from a multilateral agency for US$6M (Equivalent of Rs.800mn approximately) from BIO. The funding line is with a tenure of 4 years and has been fully hedged against any exchange rate fluctuations on a fixed interest rate.

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  • IFIs deepen collaboration to support private sector role in development

  • 17.10.2013
  • Over 20 International Financial Institutions, including BIO, pledged closer collaboration to support private sector development. To this end, they co-signed a Memorandum regarding “IFIs Harmonized Development Results Indicators for private sector investment operations”, during a meeting hosted by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in Washington this October 12th, 2013.

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  • Impact study : the remarkable example of EFC Zambia

  • 26.09.2013
  • In order to provide small business owners with the financing they so often lack, Développement international Desjardins (DID) sets up, operates and is developing Entrepreneur Financial Centres (EFC) using its investment funds, strict operating methods and specialized solutions, and with the support of strong international partners. A 2012 impact assessment of EFC Zambia, the Entrepreneur Financial Centre set up in Zambia in 2009, confirms that it is creating wealth and opportunities for small business owners and is contributing to the development of the middle class in that country. The study also deeply underscored the fact that this Entrepreneur Financial Centre, by providing financial services that are adapted to small businesses, is filling a pre-existing void. BIO supported the DID initiative with a EUR 1,5 million loan in 2013. Learn more about BIO’s investment here. Read the full report here.

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