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


Project name
International Water Services Guayaquil Interagua C. Ltda.
Project ID
Fiscal year
Not Active
Guarantee holder
International Water Services (Guayaquil) B.V.
Investor country
Host country
Environmental category
Water and Wastewater
Gross exposure
 $18.0 million
Project type

MIGA achieved several firsts with the signing of an $18 million guarantee for the rehabilitation and expansion of water services in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The project represents MIGA's first coverage of a water project and of a performance bond. The guarantee offers protection against the risks of expropriation and war and civil disturbance for an investment by International Water Services B.V. of the Netherlands in an Ecuadorian subsidiary. It also covers a performance bond—posted in accordance with the 30-year concession—that guarantees the company's successful management, expansion, and operation of the water services, against the risk of wrongful call.

The investment aims to improve the services and operating performance of the existing municipal water utility, especially to poor areas that have little access to potable water and poor sanitary conditions, by reducing the amount of water that is unaccounted for and increasing cash collection. During the first five years of the concession, improvements must be made in the quality of water services, as well as in the number of potable water and sewage connections. Service coverage is expected to increase by 30-40 percent. The new project is expected to help improve health and living conditions for the local population, while reducing the cost of water for those who currently rely on other sources of water.

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