Myanmar Hydro (IFC-600637)

  • Myanmar
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Dec 15, 2016
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.
Government of the Republic Union of Myanmar
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
  • Hydropower
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 2.80 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 Sep 16, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Jan 6, 2017

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Project Description
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According to IFC website, the Myanmar Hydro is comprised of the following project components:
Component 1: Improve and ensure implementation of regulatory frameworks for the hydro sector to promote implementation of good international industry practice in E&S standards.
Component 2: Enable adoption of good industry practice E&S standards by hydropower companies investing in, and developing, hydropower.
Component 3: Raising public awareness and developing thought leadership and communications on the values of E&S sustainability standards in the hydropower sector.

The overall goal of the program is to increase the share of new private sector investments in the Lao hydro sector that adhere to good international industry practice environmental and social standards by 2020.

People Affected By This Project
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The overall goal of the program is to increase the share of new private sector investments in the Lao hydro sector that adhere to good international industry practice environmental and social standards by 2020. This will be accomplished through an integrated programmatic approach by partnering with the Government of Myanmar (GOM), hydropower companies, regional banks and civil society organisations. Specifically:

a. GOM will have improved the regulatory environment for the hydropower sector. IFC will build GOM capacity to implement and monitor changes in policy.

b. GOM with wide-spread stakeholder engagement will have conducted a country-wide strategic environmental assessment based on key environmental and social sustainability criteria to aid in decision-making around hydropower development.

c. GOM and relevant basin level authorities, hyropower companies, and stakeholders will pilot procedures for cumulative impact assessment and management in one river basin in Myanmar.

d. A Hydropower Deveopers' Working Group (HDWG) for Myanmar will be created as a public-private dialgoue platform to contribute to policy change and selected hydropower companies will have adopted good international industry practices of environmental and social standards.

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