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IFC Invests $20 Million in Leading Egyptian Food Company to Boost Expansion and Create Jobs


In Cairo:
Mohamed Essa


Phone: +202 2461 4331
E-mail: messa@ifc.org

Cairo, Egypt, July 9, 2019—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a financing package of up to $20 million to leading Egyptian snack food manufacturer Edita Food Industries, to help boost its operations, support cross-border investment, and create much-needed new jobs.

The financing will help Edita establish a new production facility in Morocco through a joint venture with a Moroccan partner, expand in Egypt by introducing new product lines, and potentially acquire new companies in the sector.

IFC and Edita finalized the partnership today during a ceremony in Cairo. Sahar Nasr, Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, attended the event. “We welcome this investment by IFC in Egypt’s crucial agribusiness sector, which supports the government’s efforts to encourage private sector growth and help create job opportunities for Egyptians across the country,” said Nasr.

The investment is expected to help Edita create up 400 new direct and indirect jobs annually, totaling 2000 during the duration of the loan.

“This investment supports Edita’s next investment cycle and growth phase, and regional expansion, and will help generate sources of foreign currency revenue streams for the company,” said Hani Berzi, Edita Chairman and Managing Director. “That will help us meet the region’s growing demand for safe, ready-to-eat food.”

The investment is part of IFC’s strategy in Egypt to support job creation—Egypt’s unemployment rate remains high at about 10 percent—and boost inclusive private sector growth. It is also part of IFC’s broader strategy to support South-South investment by helping local companies expand in the region.

“Food processing is an important part of Egypt’s economy,” said Walid Labadi, IFC Country Manager in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. “Companies like Edita are testament to the sector’s potential to create jobs in areas where economic opportunities are very much needed.”    

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