What we do is not neoliberalism, but common sense
BIO’s response to the article by Mr Raphael Meulders, Feu nourri contre la société publique BIO, published in La Libre, 15 June 2022
On June 15th 2022, the francophone newspaper La Libre published an interview with Mr Amaury Ghijselings from CNCD-11.11.11, the umbrella of French-speaking NGOs in Belgium. The interview, entitled Feu nourri contre la société publique BIO, is a strong criticism of BIO’s mission, which is to support the development of the private sector of developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Today, La Libre published published BIO’s reply in an interview with our CEO, Mr Luuk Zonneveld with the title: "Ce que nous faisons n'est pas du néolibéralisme, mais du bon sens."
To achieve its mission, BIO has a keen interest in an open dialogue and cooperation with NGOs and civil society. That is why BIO welcomes critical debate and organizes workshops with the NGOs on priority subjects in development cooperation, such as gender equality and decent work. Other workshops are foreseen on climate financing, agriculture and food security, as well as decent wages. BIO is delighted with these discussions, as they allow for the productive exchange of ideas with its stakeholders.
To read the article (in French) you can go to the French language version of this page.
The Board of Directors of the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joris Totté as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organization, effective as of March 1st, 2024. This appointment marks an exciting new chapter for BIO as it continues its mission of fostering sustainable development and economic growth in emerging markets.
BIO, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries, and EDFI AgriFI, the EU-funded Agriculture Financing Initiative, have proudly announced their co-investment of a total of EUR 6 million in gebana Faso (GFA), a pivotal step towards enhancing integrated and sustainable food supply chains in the region.
BIO sincerely congratulates its colleagues at Kampani with its 500K investment, sourced by BIO, in Soprocopiv, a coffee cooperative in Butembe (North Kivu, DRC), .