Press releases

  • FMO in the lead to support job creation in Sri Lanka

  • 21.12.2015
  • USD 109 million of total USD 153 million syndicated loan for Commercial Leasing & Finance (CLC) in Sri Lanka arranged

    On Friday 18 December, the Dutch development bank FMO has arranged the first tranche of a USD 153 million senior secured syndicated loan for Commercial Leasing & Finance (CLC) in Sri Lanka. The first amount of USD 109 million arranged today will be followed by an expected second tranche of USD 44 million in Q1 2016. The total loan will have a tenor of 5 years.

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  • Good governance and investment in SMEs benefit development

  • 24.10.2014
  • Minister De Croo supportive of SME development during Seminar on Development through Investment

    The Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) and the Corporate Governance in the DR Congo Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, have organised a first seminar on Thursday 23 October in Brussels on "the challenges and opportunities for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in developing countries", with an opening speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Development Cooperation Minister Alexander De Croo.

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  • New FPM SA fund to provide tailor made financing for MSMEs in the DRC

  • 24.09.2014
  • Kinshasa, 26 September 2014 – Today the first General Assembly and meeting of the Board of Directors of FPM SA (Fonds pour l’inclusion financière en République Démocratique Congo) takes place in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). FPM SA (FPM), a new Fund for Financial Inclusion will support financial institutions targeting small and medium enterprises in DRC. This new financial instrument will complement “FPM ASBL” which has been operating in the DRC since 2007 and focuses on providing Technical Assistance (TA) to Congolese Finance Institutions. More than 50 TA-projects have been carried out so far.

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  • PR BIO's first management contract

  • 08.05.2014
  • As foreseen by the new Law on the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) of January 2014, a first management contract between BIO and the Belgian State was adopted and published in the Belgian Official Journal last April 2014. It details the missions, values, principles, main strategic pillars and methods for BIO’s interventions for 2014 - 2018. It also specifies BIO’s financing terms by the Belgian State and emphasises the importance of all actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation collaborating and using their complementarity to a maximum. This with the aim to create access to finance for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) and enterprises of the social economy in the countries of intervention.

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