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Access to Coordinated Credit and Enterprise Support Services in Vietnam

This project is funded by the Belgian Government and the Vietnam Women’s Union, and jointly executed by the Belgian Technical Cooperation and the Department of Family Welfare, with the participation of 17 provinces, 87 districts, and 207 communes. The Belgian Government provided €3 million towards its financing, with the remainder coming from the Vietnamese, €670,866, and the Counter Value Fund, €230,864. The project had its head office in Hanoi and 17 branch offices in the provinces. It met its objective to reduce poverty in the 17 provinces it covers by providing access to high quality and diversified financial and business services to at least 100,000 households in these provinces by 2010. It worked in close cooperation with the Women’s Union to strengthen its micro-finance programme for the medium and long term. The primary beneficiaries of the project were the rural poor and ethnic populations of the 17 provinces. It targeted four areas: access to financial services, access to business services, access to micro-finance, and efficient programme management.

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BIO loan support to AGB Technoprint – DRC

This is a direct loan of €700,000 and technical assistance of €17,000 to AGB Technoprint Group to modernise their printing equipment and hone their publishing skills.

The contract between BIO (The Belgian Investment Corporation for Developing Countries) and AGB was signed on December 2008, with an 8-year term for the loan, which allows a longer time to realize an adequate return on investment. The objective of the project is to provide import substitution in the area of print and to create local jobs and home-grown skills. The improvement in machinery and publishing skills will enable AGB to be competitive at all levels for tenders.

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BIO loan support to SOADF Industry SA – Mali

This is a direct loan by BIO of €700,000 to SOADF Industry SA

to modernize its production chain and increase pasta production from 3,000 to 5,000 tonnes per year. In addition, the plant intends to use the loan to finance a quality laboratory which should enable it to produce high quality pasta. The term of the loan is 8 years, which is substantially longer than the traditional loans available to SMEs. BIO is also engaged in part-financing of up to €15,000 worth of technical assistance to

SOADF to streamline their production process. The financing will result in job creation and reduce reliance on imported pasta.

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BIO Loan to Banco Comercial e de Investimentos (BCI)

BIO has granted a USD 15m senior loan to Banco Comercial e de Investimentos (BCI) , a commercial bank in Mozambique. The loan has been extended in local currency through a swap with TCX , and will be used by BCI for on-lending to SMEs. This is the first sizeable local currency transaction by a foreign lender, and also BIO’s first investment in Mozambique (a partner country of the Belgian Development Cooperation). BIO’s loan will enable BCI to provide loans in local currency with longer tenors to 15-20 SMEs, hereby contributing to maintaining or creating approximately 450 jobs. It will also demonstrate the viability of long-term local currency financing from foreign sources, and hence contribute to increasing access to financing by SMEs, which have essentially local currency revenues and require long-term financing for investment purposes.This project is in line with BIO’s strategy of supporting private banks that contribute to the enhancement of financial inclusion in developing countries, more specifically through the financing of SMEs.

Micro-Finance Support Project − Senegal (PAMIF 1)

This project is funded by the Governments of Belgium and Senegal and executed by the Belgian Technical Cooperation in partnership with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry for Small and Medium enterprises, Women’s Entrepreneurs, and the Micro-Finance Directorate. Other participants include the savings and loan sector, the Professional Association of Decentralized Financial Systems, and the National Committee on Micro-Finance coordination. The project’s objective is to reduce poverty in the Diourbel, Fatick, and Kaolack regions by reinforcing the financial institutions in the micro-finance sector and improving access to finance in the rural regions. It was launched in 2008 and is expected to last four years at a cost of €2,050,000, of which the Belgian Government is contributing€1,600,000 and the Senegalese €450,000.

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