BIO is a Development Finance Institution (DFI) established in 2001 in the framework of the Belgian Development Cooperation to support private sector growth in developing and emerging countries.
BIO supports financial institutions, investment funds, enterprises and private infrastructure projects. Endowed with capital of EUR 581.5 million, BIO provides tailored long-term financial products (equity, quasi-equity, debt and guarantees) either directly or through intermediary structures. BIO is also able to fund technical assistance programmes for client companies as well as feasibility studies. BIO requires its business partners to implement environmental, social and governance standards.
Equity and quasi-equity stake
BIO can also support technical assistance programmes upon request of its investee companies in order to improve performance, become more competitive and strengthen the impact on sustainable development through training, advice and skill transfers.