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Sierra Leone

Sky Handling Partner Sierra Leone Limited

$4.8 million
Project Brief

Project Description

On August 8, 2014, MIGA issued a guarantee of $4.8 million covering an investment from Groupe Europe Handling S.A.S. of France to Sky Handling Partner Sierra Leone Limited. The coverage is for a period of up to 10 years against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance.

The project involves the modernization and expansion of the current cargo and ground-handling equipment and service in the Freetown-Lungi International Airport (FNA) by Sky Handling Partner Sierra Leone Limited. The guarantee issued in 2012 supported the construction and modernization of a new cargo terminal, the first modern airport cargo handling and storage facilities and services in Sierra Leone. The additional guarantee will support modernization of equipment used in cargo, ground-handling, and services in FNA.

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

MIGA’s 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 was underwritten through MIGA’s Small Investment Program.