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For better future prospects worldwide

Business area KfW Development Bank financed numerous projects in a whole range of sectors on behalf of the Federal Government in 2016, from sustainable metro systems in India, through e-vouchers for Syrian refugees, to energy-efficient houses and buildings in Latin America.

The most important FC financing instruments

KfW’s role in German Financial Cooperation (FC) is that of both an experienced bank and a specialised development institution. It promotes and supports programmes and projects on behalf of the Federal Government – from the first conceptual idea, through implementation, to the subsequent assessment of results.

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The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is the primary ministry on whose behalf KfW Development Bank’s projects are promoted. KfW also operates on behalf of other federal ministries (Federal Foreign Office and the federal ministries of economics, environment and finance). After the ministries of the German Federal Government, the EU is the most important public partner and client of KfW Development Bank. The focus remains on cooperation in connection with EU blending.

This is a combination of EU grants and loans from development banks aimed at enabling larger investment projects and more efficient use of public EU development funds. Blending enables provision of long-term and low-interest financing for important infrastructure projects in developing countries and emerging economies.

In 2016, EU development policy continued to be characterised by a strong focus on EU-neighbour regions, LDCs, mobilising private equity and matters relating to refugees. In this context, the European Commission announced a comprehensive new initiative in September 2016, the External Investment Plan (“EIP”). The plan is designed firstly to combat the refugee and migration crisis, and secondly, to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set out in the Agenda 2030, which was adopted in 2015. The EIP is based on the well-known EU blending facilities and also provides for a new guarantee mechanism. The EU aims to mobilise an investment volume of up to EUR 44 billion in Africa and the EU’s neighbouring regions.

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