Washington, D.C., July 11, 2000—The
following is a package of brief announcements about IFC transactions signed
in the past month for investments that will support private sector enterprises
in the developing world. Packaged Deals is a monthly digest
of new IFC investments that have not been announced in our regular press
releases. More information is available by contacting the Media Relations
team listed at the end.
The mission of IFC, part of the World Bank Group, is to promote private
sector investment in developing countries, which will reduce poverty and
improve people's lives. IFC finances private sector investments in the
developing world, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets,
and provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses.
KENYA: ALUMINUM-ZINC COLD ROLLING MILL
IFC will invest US$11.5 million (including a senior loan of $7 million
and a subordinated loan of $4.5 million) in Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd. (Mabati),
a cold rolling mill in Mariakani near Mombasa, Kenya. The $30.4 million
(KShs.2.28 billion) project will install a new galvanizing and aluminum-zinc
(Al-Zn) line near the existing mill, which has a current capacity of 100,000
tons per annum of cold rolled steel. The new line will be able to process
cold rolled steel coils into 80,000 tons per annum of galvanized and aluminum-zinc
coils for the local and export markets.
The plant will employ state-of-the-art technology and will be the first
galvanizing line in Africa capable of producing Al-Zn coated coils, which
are longer lasting and have a much higher corrosion resistance than the
traditional 100 percent zinc coated galvanized steel. It is in great demand
for roofing applications—especially by low-income communities for shelter—and
will be used widely in the building and construction industries, domestically
and in the region. The project will introduce new technology and new products
and create the nucleus for a mini-industrial complex near Mombasa to facilitate
exports, boost the town's local businesses, and generate increased foreign
Mabati belongs to the Comcraft Group, which is owned by the Chandaria and
Shah families. The Comcraft Group has a presence in over 30 countries with
business interests in Africa, Asia, North America, and Europe. The group
is also active in steel, aluminum and nonferrous metals, plastics, chemicals,
engineering, electronics, and industrial components
ARMENIA, BELARUS, GEORGIA, THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, UKRAINE:
PRIVATE ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP
On May 19, 2000, IFC's Board approved a three-year, $12.6 million IFC contribution
to the Private Enterprise Partnership (the Partnership) for Armenia, Belarus,
Georgia, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine. IFC expects to complement
this contribution with an additional $45 million from donors. Prior to
the Board approval, the government of the Netherlands funded the feasibility
study and development of the business plan.
The Partnership is a consolidation of IFC's extensive technical assistance
program in the region. Since 1991, over $89 million in grant funding has
been raised for activities ranging from the privatization of small businesses
to the creation of a leasing sector. The main donors include Canada, Denmark,
Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK, and USA. The Partnership
currently employs 320 local and international staff who are implementing
New projects will focus on the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector
and foreign direct investment, the two most important sources of growth
in the region. The Partnership will prepare and execute technical assistance
projects that will strengthen financial institutions to provide credit
to SMEs, improve corporate governance and transparency, and build up as
well as modernize local supply chains for foreign investors. The Partnership
will also provide on-the-ground advice to the World Bank teams on preparation
and execution of structural reforms to improve the region's business environment.
JAPAN: NEW SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE APPOINTED TO IFC'S TOKYO OFFICE
The IFC office in Tokyo, Japan, will have a new special representative—Mr.
Motoharu Fujikura of Japan's Ministry of Finance—who has been appointed
as its new head. The role of IFC's Tokyo office is to promote IFC's activities
in Japan, to enhance Japanese private investment in developing countries,
and to encourage Japanese companies and financial institutions to work
with IFC as partners. Mr. Fujikura will replace Mr. Morinobu Iritani, who
served IFC for six years as special representative in Tokyo.
Mr. Fujikura, who has worked with the Japanese government in various capacities
for about 30 years, joined the Ministry of Finance in 1971 and worked in
the Securities Bureau (1989-91) and International Finance Bureau (1991-93),
where he was director, International Capital Division, supervising international
capital flows in and out of Japan. From 1993 to 1997, he worked with the
Customs and Tariff Bureau and Yokohama Customs (Director-General); and
from 1997 to the present, he has been deputy commissioner for international
affairs, where his responsibilities included international tax administration
and technical assistance to developing countries. He has also worked with
the Asian Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1977-79) and was a
member of the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD, 1981-84. He was
councilor for security policy and risk management in the Prime Minister's
Office from 1987 to 1989. He has a bachelor of law degree from the University
NEPAL: NEW RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN KATHMANDU
In line with its policy of putting more resources in the field, IFC has
opened an office in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mr. Sudhir Mittal, who will head
up the new office as resident representative, will be based in Kathmandu
and will be responsible for establishing IFC's presence in the country.
Mr. Mittal, a Nepalese national, graduated from Tribhuvan University in
Nepal. He worked in the private sector in Nepal after graduation; studied
for an MBA at INSEAD, France; and joined IFC in September 1991. In his
eight years with IFC, he has worked extensively in South and East Asia
and in Latin America.
IFC is focusing more attention and resources on building the private sector
in small and poor countries like Nepal, where it will concentrate on tourism,
infrastructure, agribusiness, and general manufacturing. Due to the size
of the economy, IFC's main work in Nepal will be with small and medium
enterprises where it will invest directly to provide advisory services
and assist the government in formulating private sector-friendly policies.
INDIA: IFC INVESTS IN FLORICULTURE INFRASTRUCTURE PARK
IFC will invest $510,000 for a 20 percent equity stake in India's
first floriculture infrastructure park, Tanflora Infrastructure Park Limited,
to be set up at a cost of $6 million in Hosur, Tamil Nadu state.
Tanflora will act as a business incubator for small floriculture companies
by offering common infrastructure to all grower units and providing lower
unit costs, optimal freight tariffs, and state-of-the-art technology. Spread
over an area of 88 hectares, the park will dedicate 50 hectares to rose
cultivation, primarily for export to Australia, Germany, Japan, the Middle
East, and the Netherlands. Greenhouse plots will be leased to small growers
in holdings of 1 to 4 hectares each. Infrastructure facilities will be
set up on the remaining land for postharvest handling of produce and marketing.
The park will build a brand name through centralized international marketing.
Its success will boost the floriculture industry and generate significant
employment opportunities, especially for rural women.
IFC's investment is the first in the sector and is expected to revive investor
interest in other financial institutions. India's floriculture sector has
not performed well in the past for a variety of reasons including inappropriate
locations, costly technology and marketing tie-ups, and larger holdings.
The project is a joint-sector venture between the Tamilnadu Industrial
Development Corporation, a state body, and the Ahmed Brothers, private
sponsors running a successful floriculture company, CCL Flowers Limited.
For more information on any of these transactions, please contact one of
the following people:
Ludi Joseph, (202) 473-7700, firstname.lastname@example.org
AFRICA & ASIA
Jannette Esguerra, (202) 458-5204, email@example.com
MIDDLE EAST & LATIN AMERICA
Brigid Janssen, (202) 458-4698, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lana Moriarty, (202) 473-6005, email@example.com
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