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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 Cotecna Inspection Congo S.A.R.L.
Guarantee Holder Cotecna Inspection S.A.
Investor Country Switzerland
Host Country Congo, Republic of
Sector Services
Gross Exposure ($million) 8.7
Fiscal Year 2011
Status Proposed
Project Number 7667
Environmental Category B
Date SPG Disclosed May 11, 2011
Projected Board Date June 16, 2011
ESRS Proposed Guarantee for Cotecna Inspection Congo S.A.R.L.

This summary covers an investment by Cotecna Inspection S.A. of Switzerland, as sole shareholder, in Cotecna Inspection Congo S.A.R.L located in the Republic of Congo. The investor has applied for MIGA guarantees of up to €6.11 million ($8.7 equivalent) for a period of up to five years against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, war and civil disturbance, and breach of contract.

The project involves the provision of import verification services to importers on behalf of the government of Congo under a build, operate, and transfer concession between Cotecna Inspection S.A. and the government. The service contract involves the supply, installation, and operation of an X-ray scanner and Cotecna’s Computerized Risk Management System, as well as the overall management of the import verification system for goods entering Congo through the Port of Pointe Noire.

Environmental Categorization

The project is a category B under MIGA’s Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability. Click here to view the Environmental and Social Review Summary.

Development Impact

The project will contribute to trade facilitation, as well as the development of the private sector, by speeding up the customs clearance of goods needed by the industrial and service sectors in Congo. In addition, it will help the government secure revenues through the elimination of opportunities for fraud and fiscal evasion due to the transparent audit trail provided by scanning data. Security at the port will also be strengthened by ensuring that containerized goods are not illegal.

This proposed project is aligned with MIGA’s strategic priorities of supporting investments into countries eligible for assistance from the International Development Association as well as countries affected by conflict.

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