UPM Maroc (IFC-40754)

  • Morocco
  • Senegal
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Casablanca, Marrakesh (Morocco) and Dakar (Senegal)
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Voting Date
Feb 7, 2019
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 15.91 million
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Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 14000000
Converted using 2018-12-26 exchange rate.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 56.80 million
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Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 50000000
Converted using 2018-12-26 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jan 14, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Dec 26, 2018

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Project Description
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UPM Pedagogique S.A. (“UPM”), UPM International S.A. (“UPI” together with UPM, the “Companies”) and their subsidiaries (together “UPM Group”), a Private Higher Education platform, based in Morocco and operating in Morocco and Senegal, have invited IFC to provide up to €14 million financing to support its growth in Morocco and Sub-Saharan African expansion, especially in Senegal (‘the Project”). The project cost, estimated at €50 million, is dedicated to the acquisition of Universite Internationale de Casablanca (“UIC”) in 2018, will support UPM’s development in Morocco, including the new medical faculty, and UPM Group’s expansion in Senegal through UPI (extension of the medical school).

UPM Group will use the main portion of the IFC Loan to expand organically in the educational health sector in Morocco (acquisition of medical equipment for the health faculty). The remaining of the IFC Loan will be used to expand the operations in the medical field in Senegal (extension of the campus and new dorms buildings).  

IFC will help upgrade reporting standards, management, oversight, and accountability.

Investment Description
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 The total Project Cost is estimated at €50 million. The proposed IFC investment of €14 million is a Senior Loan

Private Actors Description
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The Sponsor and founder is M. Mohamed KABBADJ, who has 30 years of experience in the education space in Morocco. UPM Group: belongs at 99.9% to KMR Holding Pedagogique, a Private Higher Education holding and platform, based in Morocco. Other shareholders of KMR Holding Pedagogique are African Development Partners Fund II (“ADP II”) managed by Development Partners International and Mediterrania Capital II, managed by Mediterrania Capital Partners.

Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - KMR Holding Pedagogique Parent Company -
- - - - UPM Group Client -

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UPM Pedagogique S.A. 
Fatima-Zahra El Mehdi 
Operations Director 
+212 (0) 5 24 48 70 10 
42 312, Marrakech Morocco 

Local Access for Project Documentation:
Fatima-Zahra El Mehdi
+212 (0) 5 24 48 70 10


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