Seychelles - Seychelles Cable Systems Company Ltd (SCS) – Corporate Loan (AFDB-P-SC-GB0-005)

  • Seychelles
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Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
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Voting Date
Nov 21, 2019
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.
Seychelles Cable Systems Company Ltd
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 7.17 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 @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Sep 9, 2020

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the purpose of the project is to provide corporate loan for enhancement of internet reliance of the Country by constructing and operating the 2nd submarine cable.

This operation relates to Corporate Loan for the Seychelles Cable Systems Company Ltd (SCS). This project is a strategic intervention for the ongoing development of Seychelles. This is a Corporate loan to the Seychelles Cable Systems Company Limited (SCS) for the construction and operation of a Second Seychelles Submarine Cable (SSC-II) to connect the Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (PEACE) at Mombasa, Kenya to the Seychelles. The SSC-II, with a length of 1,800-km, will provide redundancy to the existing 1,930-km Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) submarine cable that runs from Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) to the Seychelles, and which was partly financed by the Bank. A redundant cable of a design capacity of 500Gbps is required, as in the event of a failure of the SEAS submarine cable which is the only international wideband connection in the country, satellite capacity is insufficient to provide sufficient bandwidth. The 1st submarine project- SEAS cable was funded by the Bank and EIB: in 2012 the Bank committed EUR 7.5m; EIB EUR 7.9m, which will be fully repaid by June 2022. The submarine cable from Seychelles to Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) has a current capacity equipage of SEAS at 64 STM1 (10 Gigabit/sec). The original design capacity of SEAS (contractual design) is a total of 32 x 10Gbit/s, which was updated in January 2018 taking the capacity to 32 x 100Gbit/s STM1.

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