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IFC Provides $25 Million to Odebrecht in Brazil, Supporting Development of SME Suppliers in Latin America

In Washington DC:
Adriana Gomez

Phone: (202) 458-5204

Fax: (202) 974-4384


Washington D.C., April 30, 2004—The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, will provide $25 million to support small and medium enterprises that are suppliers and subcontractors of Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, a leading Latin American engineering and construction company and Brazil’s largest services exporter.  

IFC is providing a corporate loan to CNO to help fund advances and capacity building for SMEs in Latin America.  Advances from CNO are typically the main source of funding these firms use to run their day-to-day operations, since they lack or have very limited access to bank financing.

“This operation will help enhance the productivity of SMEs and strengthen their links with CNO,” said Bernard Pasquier, IFC’s director for Latin America and the Caribbean. He added, “It also exemplifies our continued support to Brazilian companies that adopt strong sustainable business practices, and shows IFC’s commitment as a long-term partner to its clients in Latin America.”

Rogério Ibrahim, chief financial officer of CNO, said, “This transaction reflects the growing relationship between the Odebrecht Group and IFC.  We are very pleased to have earned the continuing confidence of IFC and appreciate its support to our small and medium suppliers and subcontractors.”

Founded in 1945 in the northeastern state of Bahia, CNO provides state-of-the-art technical expertise in design and construction of large-scale projects, including highways, railways, bridges, tunnels, subways, buildings, port facilities, dams, and industrial facilities in such sectors as mining, steel, and cement. CNO undertakes projects in all regions of Brazil as well as in most South American countries, Central America, Europe, the United States, and Africa. CNO is a subsidiary of Odebrecht S.A., one of the largest Brazilian private-sector conglomerates.

IFC’s mission ( is to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing countries, helping to reduce poverty and improve people's lives. IFC finances private sector investments in the developing world, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets, helps clients improve social and environmental sustainability, and provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses.

Since its founding in 1956 through the close of the last fiscal year on June 30, 2003, IFC committed more than $37 billion of its own funds and arranged $22 billion in syndications for 2,990 companies in 140 developing countries. IFC's worldwide committed portfolio at the end of FY03 was $16.8 billion for its own account and $6.6 billion held for participants in loan syndications.

Brazil is IFC's largest partner, not only in the region but worldwide. In fiscal year 2003, Brazil was the largest recipient of IFC funds for a second consecutive year, with funding amounting to $888.4 million.

In Brazil, Odebrecht:
Rogério Ibrahim
Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (55 11) 3443-9472