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Summary of Proposed Investment
This Summary of Proposed Investment is prepared and distributed to the public in advance of the IFC Board of Directors’ consideration of the proposed transaction. Its purpose is to enhance the transparency of IFC’s activities, and this document should not be construed as presuming the outcome of the Board decision. Board dates are estimates only.
Date SPI disclosed
April 1, 2011
Projected board date
May 10, 2011
Invested: September 15, 2011
Signed: June 15, 2011
Approved: May 23, 2011
View Environmental & Social Review Summary (ESRS),
Pran Group (“Pran” or “the Group”) has requested IFC’s assistance to finance the expansion of its dairy operations, which are run under Pran Dairy Ltd (“PDL”), one of the Group companies. Pran is a diversified group involved in the production and sale of a wide product range covering beverages, snacks, culinary products, confectionery, dairy products, rice and tea. The proposed project consists of an investment of approximately $15 million for an expansion in PDL’s processing and procurement capacity and related working capital needs (“the Project”).
Project sponsor and major shareholders of project company
The Sponsors are Mr. Amjad Khan Chowdhury, Mrs. Sabiha Amjad, and Mr. Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, who control the six Pran Group companies engaged in the food processing sector: AMCL Ltd., PRAN Agro Ltd., PRAN Foods Ltd., Bango Agro PRAN Ltd., PRAN Beverage Ltd., and PDL. All of these companies are fully privately-owned, with the exception of AMCL, which is listed in the Dhaka Stock Exchange.
Total project cost and amount and nature of IFC's investment
The total project cost is estimated at $15 million. The proposed IFC investment consists of an A Loan of up to $7 million.
IFC investment as approved by Board
7 million (USD)
IFC Investment (million USD)
* These investment figures are indicative
Location of project and description of site
The project will support the expansion of PDL’s existing milk and juice processing facilities in Ghorashal, Bangladesh, and its milk procurement activities in Natore in northern Bangladesh.
Anticipated development impact of the project
The agriculture sector in Bangladesh accounts for 21% of its GDP, and 55% of its population is dependent on agriculture, including 20% in dairy activities. The local dairy sector is undergoing a slow transformation from unorganized to organized channels. Within the organized sector, there are a very limited number of private sector players. The Project will support the continued expansion into the dairy sector by one of the largest agribusiness companies in Bangladesh. Pran's extensive distribution reach in Bangladesh will enable it to reach to under-served populations while bringing in improved efficiencies in the sector.
The proposed Project will also have a transformative impact on the supply chain for dairy products. Pran currently works with 17,000 farmers on the dairy business. As part of this Project, PRAN will set up 60 new dairy hubs over a course of ten years, which will enable it to increase its reach to 90,000 additional farmers. The hubs will support smallholder dairies by providing entire package of logistic support including, veterinary care, animal husbandry, dairy housing, feed, breed improvement and training.
IFC's expected development contribution
IFC's additionality in the Project includes:
(i) the provision of long-term financing up to seven years, which is otherwise difficult to secure in the local market.
(ii) continued support to Pran in establishing and implementing policies that reflect environmental and social best practices.
Environmental and social issues - Category B
This is a Category B project according IFC’s Procedure for Environmental and Social Review of Projects. Key environmental and social (E&S) issues associated with this Project include: development and implementation of corporate and facility-specific integrated management systems covering quality, environment, health and food safety; assurance of fair, safe and healthy working conditions in compliance with local regulatory requirements and relevant Performance Standards; resource efficiency of the operations (water, energy); monitoring and management of air emissions, wastewater treatment and discharge, solid and other waste disposal; food safety aspects of the operations; the impacts of operations on local ambient air quality and life, fire and safety, including emergency preparedness and response; and the supply chain related E&S issues associated with procurement and transport of milk.
Further details on the potential environmental and social impacts of the project, corresponding mitigation measures and guidance on how and where information about the project are provided in the IFC Environmental & Social Review Summary.
For inquiries about the project, contact:
105/1-GA, Middle Badda
Dhaka – 1212
Office Phone: 8802 988 1792, ext. 126
Office Fax: 8802 883 7464
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