• Gabon
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Mar 31, 2020
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
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  • Infrastructure
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 37.40 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported EUR 34.0 million
Converted using 2020-02-06 exchange rate.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 209.34 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported EUR 190.3 million
Converted using 2020-02-06 exchange rate.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Feb 6, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Feb 4, 2020

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Project Description
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The Project comprises an additional financing to support the ongoing rehabilitation of the 648-kilometer single-track Transgabonais railway in Gabon. The railway is operated under a 30-year concession by “Société d’Exploitation du Transgabonais” (“SETRAG”). The rehabilitation works consist of (i) the rehabilitation of the existing infrastructure between Owendo and Franceville (including “below rail” and “above rail” components), and (ii) the acquisition of new rolling stock for the replacement and expansion of transport capacity. The ultimate goal of the rehabilitation is to restore the railway’s design transport capacity to 16 train pairs per day.

People Affected By This Project
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(i) Stakeholder impact: increase capacity, quality and safety of rail services, through improvements to the country's sole rail network. These improvements will support strong projected growth in mining and general freight demand. The Program is expected to add up to 12 million tons per year of long-haul capacity, as well as improve wagon turnaround times by up to 30%.
(ii) Economy-wide impact: The Project is expected to generate domestic value added and employment effects;
(iii) Impact on suppliers: The Project is expected to increase local procurement of goods and services. These potential outcomes will be quantified during the appraisal.

Contribution to market creation:
(i) Integration: The Project improves enabling infrastructure that
contributes to deepening connectivity between Gabon's mining sector and global commodity markets. It also ensures continued access for multiple users, including general freight and passenger traffic, on a non-discriminatory basis.
(ii) Resilience: The Project supports growth in mining and general freight segments, contributing to diversifying the country's revenue sources.

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Mr. Renato Torres
+241 01 70 80 04
Owendo P.O. Box 578 Libreville, Gabon


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