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Summaries of proposed guarantees are provided prior to Board consideration and before final contract signing, and they are therefore subject to change. Project briefs are disclosed after Board consideration and contract signing and reflect the terms of the project at the time of contract signature.
Project Name Hitachi Construction Machinery Zambia Co. Ltd
Guarantee Holder Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa Pty. Ltd,Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa Co., Ltd.
Investor Country South Africa
Host Country Zambia
Sector Manufacturing
Gross Exposure ($million) 13.5
Fiscal Year 2011
Status Proposed
Project Number 9371
Environmental Category B
Date SPG Disclosed February 24, 2011
Projected Board Date March 28, 2011

Project Description

This summary covers an investment by Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa Pty. Ltd. and Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa Co., Ltd. of South Africa in the construction and operation of a remanufacturing plant in Lusaka, Zambia. The investor has applied for a MIGA guarantee of $13.5 million for a period of up to 20 years against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance.

The purpose of the project is to recondition used parts and components from heavy duty earth moving machinery, primarily in the mining sector, to provide a more cost effective maintenance solution to serve clients within Zambia as well as in adjacent countries.

Environmental Categorization

The project is a Category B under MIGA’s environmental review procedures. Click here to view the Environmental and Social Review Summary.

Development Impact

The project’s expected developmental impacts include job creation, state-of-the-art technology transfer, and technical skills transfer through structured training programs. In addition, the project’s focus on the reconditioning of old parts will reduce the demand for scarce resources that are used to manufacture new complex machinery and equipment.

MIGA’s proposed support for the project is aligned with the World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Strategy, which calls for improving competitiveness in order to accelerate economic growth. The project addresses this goal through its expected technology and skills transfer. MIGA’s proposed participation in the project is also aligned with key agency priorities, which include supporting South-South investment and investment into IDA-eligible countries.

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