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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
Project ID
Fiscal year
Not Active
Guarantee holder
Investor country
Host country
Environmental category
Date SPG disclosed
October 21, 2011
Project Board date
November 03, 2011
Gross exposure
 $0.7 million
Project type
Strategic priority area
Conflict Affected

This summary covers a shareholder loan by Medical Exchange Solution SA (MXS) of Belgium to Open-IT SPRL in Burundi. The investor has applied for a MIGA guarantee of €509,200 ($700,472 equivalent) for a period of up to 10 years against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance.

The project involves the establishment of a greenfield company, Open-IT SPRL (Open-IT). Open-IT will develop and implement health information management systems for health facilities and health-management organizations and deliver technical support and training services. Open-IT will act as a medical information, communication and technology (ICT) solutions and consultancy service provider for the Burundian healthcare sector.

Environmental Categorization

These activities pose minimal adverse social or environmental risks.  The company has provided MIGA with business/operational and human resources practices that focus on corporate environmental and social responsibility principles and are in line with MIGA’s Performance Standards.  The project office is housed in a “business incubator unit” using city drainage, sewage, waste management. and electricity. This investment is therefore a category C under MIGA’s Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability.

Development Impact

The ICT solution will provide knowledge transfer and job opportunities to Burundians and improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of hospital operations. It will also support the effective use of scarce medical knowledge in region, through medical information exchange. Data hosted by OpenIT can be used for research, remote diagnosis for medical institutes, remote education for universities, statistics and epidemiological input for local governments, non-governmental organizations, and others.

The project is aligned with the World Bank Group’s Country Assistance Strategy for Burundi, which calls for an improved business environment and stepped-up private sector investment. The proposed project is also aligned with MIGA’s commitment to supporting investments in the world’s poorest countries as well as countries affected by conflict. The project would be underwritten through MIGA’s Small Investment Program.

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