IFC Releases Environmental and Social Review Summary for Airtel Africa Investment

IFC’s disclosure outlines investment considerations and environmental and social assessments for Airtel Africa PLC.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has released its Environmental and Social Review Summary (ESRS) regarding a potential investment in Airtel Africa PLC. This disclosure aims to provide transparency about IFC’s activities and findings related to environmental and social considerations for potential investments.

The ESRS, dated April 30, 2024, outlines IFC’s appraisal of Airtel Africa, a telecommunications company operating in 14 countries across Africa. The proposed investment of up to $200 million will support Airtel Africa’s operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Kenya. The funding will cover capital expenditure (CAPEX) needs and refinance USD-denominated debt, primarily directed towards modernizing the telecom network and expanding 4G infrastructure.

This investment marks IFC’s second involvement with Airtel Africa, following a previous investment in 2022. The ESRS provides an overview of IFC’s scope of review, which includes assessing environmental, health, safety, and social-related information, as well as evaluating risks associated with expanding operations into Rwanda.

It’s important to note that the ESRS is disclosed in accordance with IFC’s Access to Information Policy (AIP) and does not presume the outcome of the Board Directors’ decision. Additionally, the document includes a disclaimer regarding the map used for illustrative purposes, emphasizing that it does not express any opinion on the legal status of countries or territories.

Overall, the ESRS aims to enhance transparency and provide stakeholders with insights into IFC’s environmental and social considerations when considering potential investments.

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