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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
Sky Handling Partner Sierra Leone Limited
Project ID
Fiscal year
Guarantee holder
Groupe Europe Handling S.A.S.
Investor country
Host country
Sierra Leone
Environmental category
Date SPG disclosed
August 29, 2012
Project Board date
October 08, 2012
Gross exposure
 $1.7 million
Project type
Strategic priority area
Conflict Affected
Environmental Impact Assessment

This summary covers an investment from Groupe Europe Handling S.A.S. of France to Sky Handling Partner Sierra Leone Limited. The investor has applied for a MIGA guarantee of €1.35 million (approximately $1.7 million) for a period of up to 10 years against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance.

The project involves modernization and expansion of the current cargo-handling service in the Freetown-Lungi International Airport (FNA) by Sky Handling Partner Sierra Leone Limited. The new cargo terminal is being built to international standards and will accommodate a maximum capacity of 7,000 tons of cargo per year.  The terminal will have a separate import and export area, where cold temperature rooms, dangerous goods storage, and security rooms will be installed. Once established, it will be the first modern airport cargo handling and storage facilities and services in Sierra Leone.

Environmental Categorization

The 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; and air, soil and water pollution. The potential impacts are largely reversible and readily addressed through mitigation measures. The company has provided MIGA with a social and environmental impact assessment in line with MIGA’s Performance Standards.

Development Impact

The project is expected to have a positive catalytic effect on local businesses by providing airport cargo-handling and storage facilities and services that meet international standards.

MIGA’s proposed support for this investment is aligned with the World Bank Group’s country partnership strategy for Sierra Leone, particularly with regard to supporting the development of a competitive private sector.

MIGA’s participation in the project is also aligned with key agency priorities, which include encouraging investment in post-conflict countries and countries eligible for concessional lending from the International Development Association. The project would be underwritten through MIGA’s Small Investment Program.

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