Washington, DC, June 06, 2017 — IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $50 million loan to support
the development of reliable, safe, and environmentally friendly urban transportation
in Buenos Aires including the building of new efficient bus lines, introduction
of new bicycle lanes and bike-sharing stations that will cut commuter times
and reduce carbon emissions in the Argentine capital.
The financing represents IFC’s first municipal investment in Argentina
and is part of a strategic relationship with Buenos Aires under IFC’s
Cities Initiative. The IFC Cities program helps mayors and municipal leaders
tackle their greatest challenges through financial, advisory, and project
development support. In addition to the loan financing, IFC is providing
advisory services to Buenos Aires spanning transformational priorities
for the city, including solid waste management, transport, energy efficiency
in public buildings and assistance in the promotion of green buildings
standards with a special focus on Villa 31, a low-income urban settlement
in the heart of Buenos Aires.
The new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and bicycle infrastructure supported
by the loan are part of the City of Buenos Aires’ $400 million transportation
investment plan, aimed at improving urban mobility and connectivity, decreasing
congestion, and easing pollution through the reduced use of cars.
Buenos Aires Minister of Treasury Martin Mura said, "With this agreement,
we set course on a long-term working relationship that will enable us to
deepen our transformation as a sustainable city. In addition, IFC’s local
currency loan over a nine-year period will help the city meet its objectives
of managing liabilities and improving its debt profile."
In addition, Buenos Aires Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, Fernando
Straface, said, "The partnership with IFC goes beyond financing and
encourages cooperation across crucial areas that are important to the city,
including energy efficiency and sustainable public transportation. It is
a novel approach that combines financing and technical support. We hope
to replicate where possible in the future."
The Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires has almost 14 million inhabitants,
or over 30 percent of the country’s total population, making it one of
the three most populous metropolitan centers in Latin America. The performance
of the City is critical to the country’s ability to create better economic
opportunities and improve the lives of its people. IFC’s partnership with
Buenos Aires is aimed at helping the city achieve its goals to become a
greener, more inclusive, and safer city for citizens.
“Argentina is one of the most urbanized countries in the world, and Buenos
Aires is among the biggest cities in Latin America. Efficient and well
integrated transportation infrastructure is key to addressing equality
and inclusiveness challenges of urbanization,” said Irene Arias, IFC Regional
Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
IFC’s engagement is complementary to World Bank’s comprehensive urban
transformation project already underway that includes improved access to
infrastructure and services in areas of housing, sanitation, street lighting,
and overall improvement in public spaces to ensure a better quality of
life for Villa 31 residents.
Over the past decade, IFC has invested more than $10 billion in 300 urban
improvement projects and provided advisory services to cities in more than
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