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Summary of proposed guarantee

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. Environmental and Social Review Summaries are provided for projects assigned an Environmental Assessment Category of A or B.


Project name
Al Haram Modern Plastic Products Industry Company
Project ID
Fiscal year
Guarantee holder
Ms. Hovestadt Pieternella (Meaf Machines B.V.)
Mr. Hatem A.A. Abudayya
Mr. Mohammad Kamel I. M. Hassouneh
Al Haram Plastic Company
Investor country
West Bank and Gaza
Host country
West Bank and Gaza
Environmental category
Date SPG disclosed
July 26, 2012
Project Board date
August 23, 2012
Gross exposure
 $1.7 million
Project type
Strategic priority area
Conflict Affected

This summary covers an equity investment by Ms. Hovestadt Pieternella (Meaf Machines B.V.) of The Netherlands and Al Haram Plastic Company, Mr. Mohammad Kamel I. M. Hassouneh, and Mr. Hatem A.A. Abudayya of the West Bank and Gaza in Al Haram Modern Plastic Products Industry Company. The investors have applied for a guarantee of €1.35 million (approximately $1.7 million) under the MIGA-administered West Bank and Gaza Investment Guarantee Trust Fund for a period of up to three years against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance.

The project involves the establishment of a greenfield company in the Tarqumiya Industrial Zone that will produce and supply plastic cups and containers in various sizes for local dairy products. The company will use a new technology, "extrusion and thermoforming" to produce high-quality plastic dairy packaging.

There is a flourishing dairy industry in the West Bank, but Palestinian dairy companies have to import plastic packaging materials from Turkey, Israel, and Europe as there are currently no local companies able to produce high-quality plastic cups for dairy products.  A study conducted by one of the investors estimates that the annual volume of imports is over 53 million plastic cups with a value of about $ 2.7 million. This adds significantly to the dairy industry’s production costs.

This project is being supported by the PSI Plus program of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a grant to cover up to 60 percent of the project cost and an additional amount to cover the MIGA political risk insurance premium for the first 3 years.

Environmental Categorization

This project is a Category B under MIGA’s Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability as it has potentially limited adverse social or environmental impacts. Key potential impacts include community and workers’ health and safety; as well as soil and water pollution. The potential impacts are largely reversible and readily addressed through mitigation measures. The company has provided a social and environmental impact assessment in line with MIGA’s Performance Standards.

Development Impact

The project will create approximately 30 local jobs and transfer skills and modern technologies for plastic production. It will also strengthen the dairy industry by reducing the need for costly imported packaging materials.

This project is aligned with MIGA’s objective of facilitating investments in conflict-affected environments as well as entities eligible for assistance from the International Development Association.

The project would be underwritten through MIGA’s Small Investment Program.

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