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IFC Supports Development of Energy Efficient Business Complex in Armenia


In Yerevan:
Marina Solakhyan

Phone: +374 10 545242

E-mail: msolakhyan@ifc.org


In Tbilisi:

Tamar Barbakadze

Phone: +995 32 223 43 00/01/02

E-mail:
tbarbakadze@ifc.org


Yerevan, Armenia, November 6, 2014—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is supporting the development of an innovative, energy-efficient office building in Armenia which will spur job creation and positively impact the environment.

IFC is providing a $9 million loan for its own account and mobilizing another $9 million from DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) to the Property Development Company to finance the development in the center of Yerevan. The project is expected to create links with local suppliers, while also creating jobs. The office complex will be constructed on V. Sargsyan Street, with the main façade of the existing historical building remaining intact in the new construction.

Artashes Kazakhetyan, CEO of Property Development Company, said: “We have preserved every single stone from the old building by applying international standards, and also developed an architectural and engineering design that showcases the historical importance of this area. In addition, this will be the first green commercial building certified by BREEAM, a global leader in the design and assessment of sustainable buildings.”

The total value of the project is estimated to be $37 million, with the remaining funds provided by the Property Development Company from its own account. The development of an A-Class office building in the capital is also expected to boost commercial real estate standards, while the use of advanced energy efficient technologies will help future tenants save on energy bills.


Arman Barkhudaryan, IFC Senior Investment Officer said: “Modern office buildings help spur economic activity and improve the efficiency of local suppliers, many of which are micro, small, and medium enterprises. Strengthening Armenia’s business infrastructure and promoting green technologies will also provide an important model for future energy-efficient building projects, while helping contribute to long-term growth.”
 
Armenia became a member and shareholder of IFC in 1995. Since then, IFC has invested more than $320 million in 52 projects across a range of sectors, including financial markets, manufacturing, and mining, and mobilized nearly $23 million from other lenders. IFC Advisory Services provides advice through projects focusing on the financial sector, sustainable energy, regulatory simplification, and food safety.

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in about 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. In FY14, we provided more than $22 billion in financing to improve lives in developing countries and tackle the most urgent challenges of development. For more information, visit
www.ifc.org

For more information about Property Development Company, visit
www.prodeco.am
For more information about DEG, visit
www.deginvest.de

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