The Brazilian Development Bank (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social - BNDES) launches, on November 18, its Projects Hub. This is a new internet platform to facilitate the connection between national and international long-term capital investors and give direct access to information about the projects conducted by BNDES.
With bilingual content and composed of BNDES’s portfolio of projects structured in several sectors, the portal will provide sectoral analyses; video and audio content – such as recorded webinars and podcasts – and inform the funding conditions of the credit lines that can meet the projects in the portfolio. Moreover, the Projects Hub will allow potential investors to come into contact with each other and exchange information, possibly leading to the formation of consortia.
“We want to keep opening the Brazilian infrastructure market to benefit the final consumer of services,” explains Fábio Abrahão, Director of Infrastructure, Concessions and PPPs at BNDES. “Opening means having more and more investment options for investor, both on the equity and debt side of things,” Abrahão adds.
For the director, BNDES’s Projects Hub will allow investors to visualize the projects and better understand them, having clarity of sector content, such as sanitation and ports. “We feel the need to have an environment where investors can have an in-depth understanding of BNDES’s portfolio: what is planned, the themes we are working on, what projects will be sent to the market and when.”
At first, 41 projects will be presented: eight for basic sanitation, six for highways, four for public lighting, four for electricity, four for urban mobility, two for ports, two for natural gas, two for information technology, two for food supply, two for prisons, one for communication, one for industry, one for the real estate sector, one for health and one for a park.
In the near future, BNDES’s Project Hub will also function as a network of relationships, facilitating the contact of investors with each other and with registered service providers, as well as with BNDES’s team of experts.
According to Abrahão, in a market with such high attraction potential as the Brazilian market, there are investors of different profiles who need to know each other. “A second function [of the Hub] is to create an environment for these investors to interact and organize for the formation of consortia,” he says. This relationship network function will be the next step on the platform.
Project Factory – BNDES proposes to be the service bank for the Brazilian State, providing project structuring services for destatization in all modalities, including concessions, public-private partnerships (PPP) and privatizations. One of the objectives is to support the public sector in structuring long-term partnerships to enable private investments in projects of public interest. For this, BNDES operates in the various stages of destatization processes, from conception to the post-auction period, and, eventually, until the granting of credit.
About BNDES – Founded in 1952 and currently linked to the Ministry of Economy, BNDES is the main instrument of the Federal Government to promote long-term investments in the Brazilian economy. Its actions focus on the socioenvironmental and economic impact in Brazil. BNDES offers special conditions for micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, as well as social investment lines, directed at education and health, family agriculture, sanitation and urban transport. In crisis situations, BNDES acts in an anticyclical manner and assists in formulating solutions for resuming economic growth.