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IFC Invests in Globaltronics to Help Expand, Improve Energy Efficiency in Egypt


In Cairo:
Olena Harmash
Phone: +202 2461 4331
E-mail: oharmash@ifc.org


Cairo, Egypt, June 21, 2020—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is investing up to $10 million in a local Egyptian company to help it expand installation of digital prepaid and smart electricity meters in Egyptian homes. The investment will support government energy reforms to improve accuracy in billing, give consumers more payment options and provide consumers with better information about their energy use in order to encourage savings.

IFC’s financing will enable Globaltronics SAE, which manufactures electricity measurement solutions, to support government plans to replace outdated meters with prepaid and smart digital meters as part of ongoing energy reforms. Prepaid digital meters improve billing accuracy and offer more convenient payment options. Prepaid meters also contribute to overall reduced energy consumption by making it easier for consumers to track their energy use.

The investment will help Globaltronics set up a new manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia and increase its investment in research and development to grow exports and develop new products.

Dr. Hany Assal, founder and chairman of Globaltronics said: “We are glad to have the IFC as a partner in Globaltronics. We look forward to investing and growing our business in Egypt and to continue expanding in the Middle East and Africa.”

As well as supporting manufacturing, the project is part of the World Bank Group’s strategy to help Egypt optimize its overall domestic electricity consumption, which in turn will help the government reduce subsidies to the energy sector.
 
Walid Labadi, IFC’s Country Manager for Egypt, Yemen and Libya, said: “Egypt’s electricity consumption has witnessed an increase in growth in recent years and is likely to accelerate further. This project is part of IFC’s strategy to support the government in its reforms of the sector and boost energy efficiency, while also helping a local company expand in the region and diversify its offering.”

Egypt is a priority country for IFC in the region. IFC’s commitments in Egypt total over $4 billion since 2005, including financing mobilized from other investors.



About Globaltronics
Globaltronics is the main supplier and manufacturer of electricity smart grid solutions to the Egyptian market. Its footprint expands over several manufacturing facilities in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, employing hundreds of local talents. Globaltronics is a regional market leader in home-grown manufacturing and product technologies. For more information, visit: www.gtronics.com

About IFC
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2019, we invested more than $19 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit
www.ifc.org.

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