Brazilian Development Bank

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Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social
Government-owned corporation
Industry Finance and Development
Founded 20 June 1952 (20 June 1952)
Headquarters Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Key people
Paulo Rabello de Castro (Chairman)
Increase US$ 2 billion (2016)[1]
Total assets Decrease US$ 272.1 billion (2016)[1]
Number of employees
Parent Government of Brazil
Subsidiaries BNDESPAR
Agência Especial de Financiamento Industrial
Bank building next to Petrobras headquarters.

The National Bank for Economic and Social Development (Portuguese: Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social, abbreviated: BNDES) is a federal public company associated with the Ministry of Development, Industry, and Trade of Brazil. The stated goal is to provide long-term financing for endeavors that contribute to the country's development. BNDES is one of the largest development banks in the world (after the Chinese Development Bank, which boasts assets of around RMB 7.52 trillion, or around $1.2 tn). Its non-performing loan ratio is also less favorable (2.2%) compared to the CDB's that stands below 1%.

Among the objectives of BNDES are the strengthening of the capital structure of private companies, the development of capital markets, the trading of machines and equipment and the financing of exports.

Since its establishment on June 20, 1952, BNDES has financed large-scale industrial and infrastructure endeavors, and has played a significant role in the support of investments in agriculture, commerce and the service industry, as well as in small and medium-sized private businesses, even though its focus lies on larger firms.[2] The bank has supported social investments aimed at education and health, family agriculture, basic sanitation and mass transportation.

The bank offers financial support lines and programs to companies of any size and sector that have been set up in the country. The partnership with financial institutions with agencies established around the country facilitates the dissemination of credit, enabling greater access to BNDES's financial services.

The BNDES has three integral subsidiaries: FINAME, BNDESPAR and BNDES Limited. Together, the three companies comprise the BNDES System.

Criticism and controversies[edit]

BNDES operates with lobbying of larger firms,[3][4][5] not for "small and medium-sized private businesses" or "Brazilian (...) higher quality of life of its population".

Operating with statutes of "ethical and environmental principles", in 2012, the BNDES approved a 22.5 billion reais loan for the construction of the Belo Monte Dam, a project that displaced of local communities. The plan was strongly criticized by environmental groups and indigenous populations.[6]

In 2013 ~90% of BNDESPAR investments concentrates in five industries.[3] In recent BNDES investments, lobby irregularities and conflict of interest arrives with JBS S.A.[4][7] OGX/EBX Group,[8] GPA (company),[9] and others.

The bank has been criticised for supporting the international expansion of some private firms.[2]

Economists around the world recognize that Brazil has its own development bank, a key financial organization, bigger than the World Bank. As the Nobel Prize economist J. Stiglitz opinion, "... the BNDES is a huge development bank (...) People don’t realize this, but Brazil has actually shown how a single country can create a very effective development bank (...) that actually promotes real development without all the conditionality and all the trappings around the old institutions".[10] Despite the recognition of financial volume, effective infrastructure and organization, the bank is used by only a few industries. The concentration of financial volume in few and perhaps questionable industries contradicts the bank's development and diffusion goals. The concentration contrasts greatly with Brazilian's per capita income and its many small and medium-sized enterprises.

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  1. ^ a b "Performance in 2016". BNDES. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Fernando J. Cardim de Carvalho (January 2013). "Relative insulation". D+C Development and Cooperation/ 
  4. ^ a b "BNDES $7.5 billion bet on Friboi", O Estado de S. Paulo, February 15, 2010, Archived September 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ about Eike Batista's fortune gained with help from BNDES, and BNDES loss.
  6. ^ "Brazil's BNDES approves $10.8 bln loan for Amazon Belo Monte dam". Reuters. November 26, 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  7. ^ ISTOÉ about "BNDES feeding JBS": "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  8. ^ of 2013 July, about BNDES operations with EBX and CCX, OGX, MMX and MPX.
  9. ^ Veja (magazine) about "new GPA", a business in which the BNDES should not be
  10. ^ Goodman, Amy; González, Juan. "Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz Hails New BRICS Bank Challenging U.S.-Dominated World Bank & IMF". Retrieved 26 July 2014.