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Media statement: Update on allegations related to forestry concessions in Uganda


In Johannesburg:
Desmond Dodd

Phone: +2711 731 3053

E-mail:
ddodd@ifc.org

In Washington, D.C.:

Irina Likhachova,
Phone: +1 202 473 1813

E-mail:
ilikhachova@ifc.org


Johannesburg, October 8, 2011 — The New Forests Company has announced it is finalizing the process of launching an investigation into its operations in Uganda http://www.newforests.net/index.php/hmd_article/nfc-to-launch-investigation-into-land-issues-in-uganda. NFC must now clarify the supervision of the investigation to ensure stakeholders of the credibility and independence of the review. The Oxfam report raises issues that IFC takes very seriously.

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Johannesburg, September 28, 2011
—IFC today released the following media statement regarding allegations of displacement of residents in national parks in Uganda related to forestry concessions operated by the New Forests Company:

The Oxfam report raises issues that IFC takes very seriously. IFC is committed to ensuring New Forests Company undertakes an independent and transparent review. NFC is drafting a terms of reference that IFC and other stakeholders will validate before the review gets underway. The World Bank Group is strongly committed to supporting projects that contribute to development and improve people's lives in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa.


NFC is an investee company of the Agri-Vie Agribusiness Fund in which IFC made an equity investment in 2010.

The Summary of Proposed Investment is available here:
http://www.ifc.org/ifcext/spiwebsite1.nsf/ProjectDisplay/SPI_DP27674

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