COLOURING THE WORLD IN 2002 Rabobank What's NewS Monthly internal newslettkr for Rabobank International issue6-June 1996 Announcing a client-marketing event that will not be accessible for six years may appear rather premature. But our role as both chief sponsor and banker to the world's biggest horticultural extravaganza has already begun. Held once every 10 years, the Floriade gives Dutch horticulturalists a chance to show off their expertise and innovative techniques. By definition, the range of products which will be on show needs time to grow, so planting has already begun. The last event, in 1992, attracted no less than 3.3 million visitors,' says Luuk Hans who is coordinating the bank's contribution. 'One of the reasons we were selected as main sponsor is our extensive international network. Obviously, the Floriade organizers want as many foreign visitors as possible. Rabobank's F&A reputation worldwide was a real advantage in that we have ready access to the international marketplace. So we will be promoting the event actively and extensively through our international offices.' in brief contents )- WHAT'S IN A NAME? More than you might think. A new name for CBS has been a long time in coming - various alternatives have been suggested over the past couple ^f years. But the decision to change from Central Banking Sector to the new Rabobank International was reached only last month. The reason for the name change is that 'CBS' is a throw-back to the organization's original function - offering centralized services primarily to member banks. 'Rabobank International' says far more about actitivies, both internally and externally. More on page 15. USDIOO-MILLION INVESTMENT FOR EASTERN EUROPE IThe official opening of Rabo- pRP Bank in Poland provided the ideal opportunity to Rabo Australia has launched an AUDlOO-million Eurobond guaranteed by Rabobank Nederland with Hambros Bank of London as lead manager. announce the bank's strategie plans for further investment in the former Eastern Bloc. We are currently looking at opportunities in both the Ukraine and Russia, with Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia as other possibles. The plan developed for expansion eastwards is not limited to Central and Eastern Europe, but will also examine the potential of former Soviet republics in Central Asia. In announcing the investment in Warsaw, Rik van Slingelandt (on the photo in the middle) said: 'A country like Kazakhstan, in Central Asia, with its enormous agricultural potential and negligible foreign deht, offers interesting perspectives. Other potential countries in that region are Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.' However, due caution will be applied in selecting areas for investment. 'Bulgaria also has interesting food and agri- perspectives,' Van Slingelandt said, 'but is still hampered by unstable economie development, so is not a priority target at present.' (continued on page 4) IT'S WHAT'S NEWS TIME AGAIN. WE HAVE A FULL ISSUE FOR YOU THIS MONTH, WITH THE FOLLOWING HIGHLIGHTS. Working relations - ice-cream is hot in Poland 3 Looking east - major invest ment for Central Europe 4 On the move - Rabo Securities one year later 6 Belgium in focus - new structure and products for the market 7 Leasing link - DLL and the bank 12 Talking heads - Hans Megens on the art of banking 16

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