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Agra grows and grows

Standing, from the left, are Henning Tiemann from Agra, André Scholz from the German Embassy; Michael Jainzik, Director: KFW office and lawyer Habo Gerdes from Engling, Stritter and Partners. Seated, ltr, are Flip de Bruyn, Agra General Manager: Finance; Peter Kazmaier, Agra CEO; Petra Kotte, DEG Senior Director, Structured Finance and Michael Fischer, DEG Regional Director Southern Africa.

Standing, from the left, are Henning Tiemann from Agra, André Scholz from the German Embassy; Michael Jainzik, Director: KFW office and lawyer Habo Gerdes from Engling, Stritter and Partners. Seated, ltr, are Flip de Bruyn, Agra General Manager: Finance; Peter Kazmaier, Agra CEO; Petra Kotte, DEG Senior Director, Structured Finance and Michael Fischer, DEG Regional Director Southern Africa.

“DEG is very happy to have found a partner like Agra in Namibia. We are sure that the further expansion plans of Agra will benefit the growth of the private sector and especially the agricultural sector in Namibia going forward” said Michael Fischer, the Regional Director for Southern Africa at the DEG.
Local agriculture cooperative turned public company, Agra, has borrowed N$100 million from the German Investment and Development Company, DEG (Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft), a subsidiary of the Kreditanstallt fuer Wiederafbau (KFW).
The loan is earmarked to finance Agra’s new retail and admin outlet in Lafrenz industrial township in Windhoek, and for the expansion of the Agra branch in Opuwo. The DEG sees the loan as an investment in the key agricultural sector and for Agra as a means to invest in local infrastructure.

The agreement was signed by Flip de Bruyn, Agra General Manager: Finance and Peter Kazmaier, Agra CEO while DEG was represented by Petra Kotte Senior Director, Structured Finance and Michael Fischer.
DEG is one of the largest European development finance institutions for long-term project and company financing. For more than 50 years, DEG has been financing and structuring the investments of companies in developing and transition countries to contribute to sustainable progress. Agra’s purpose to create prosperity and improve quality of life is in line with DEG’s contribution to achieve this progress.
The N$100 million will be utilized to upgrade and expand Agra’s retail infrastructure in Windhoek and Opuwo.
The investment in the Trustco Industrial Park in Lafrenz comprises four erven totaling 25,500m² on which a new state of the art, purpose-built Agra branch is to be built. This investment will enable Agra to grow its customer base, its services, and its product lines. In addition it will provide office space to the retail division’s management staff, the operational staff of the new branch as well as a coffee shop and extra retail space for other shop tenants. The Opuwo investment entails building a completely new retail branch structure on land adjacent to the current Agra branch. Both projects will be completed by the end of next year.

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