VACPA (IFC-42698)

  • Tunisia
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
Jun 10, 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.
Boudjebel S.A. VACPA
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 6.12 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 10
Converted using 2020-04-30 exchange rate.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 6.12 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.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jun 22, 2021

Disclosed by Bank Apr 30, 2020

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the proposed investment consists of a EUR10 million senior loan to Boudjebel S.A. VACPA, a Tunisian date processor and exporter in Tunisia (“VACPA”) to be committed in two tranches. IFC’s first tranche will finance much needed working capital to support Company’s operations during the COVID-19 crisis and the second tranche will be used to (i) establish a production unit for date juice concentrate and (ii) upgrade its existing processing unit and (iii) upgrade supply chain improvement program (PASA).

This project or financing is part of IFC's COVID-19 response, as stated on the IFC website. You can find additional information at:

Investment Description
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The proposed IFC financing amounts to EUR10 million. Within the scope of the Project, IFC’s financing will be directly used to support VACPA’s capital expenditures and working capital needs in Tunisia.

Private Actors Description
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Founded in 1983 by Mr. Mohsen Boujbel (the “Sponsor”), VACPA processes the collection, packaging and export of organic and conventional dates. VACPA is the largest date exporter in Tunisia, with 10% market share in volume and 12% market share in total value as of FY19. With over 1,600 employees and an access over 1,000 farmers, the Company serves c.100 clients globally across N. America, Western and Central Europe and South-East Asia. VACPA has been the first Tunisian agribusiness company to be certified ISO 9001 (Quality Management) in 1998 and also holds several international certifications in food and environment safety including IFS, BRC, ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and Global GAP.

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Boudjebel VACPA SA
Mohsen Boujbel
Chief Executive Officer
(+216) 72 292 133
Boudjebel SA VACPA, Route de Menzel Bouzelfa 8021 Beni Khalled, Tunisia


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