International consortium backs Damietta port in Egypt: US$ 455 million financing package from EBRD, IFC, AIIB, DEG and Proparco

published on 21 December 2023
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• EBRD, IFC, AIIB, DEG and Proparco to provide a US$ 455 million financing package to Damietta Alliance Container Terminals.
• Co-financing to develop the superstructure of a second container terminal in Damietta Port in Egypt.
• Financing will also support vocational training for residents living near the port with a focus on creating gender inclusive jobs.

A consortium of international institutions is supporting the development of a second container terminal in Damietta Port in Egypt, which will triple the port’s container capacity and improve its competitiveness.

Damietta Alliance Container Terminals is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) established by Eurogate, Contship Italia, Hapag Lloyd, MELC Group and Ship & C.R.E.W to design, develop, operate and maintain the terminal under a 30-year concession.

The financing package includes US$ 125 million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), US$ 120 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), US$ 100 million from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), US$ 60 million from the German development finance institution DEG and US$ 50 million from Proparco.

As part of the Project, the Damietta Alliance Container Terminals will develop its environmental and social management system in line with the lenders’ environmental, health and safety guidelines and international best practice.

Additional support will also focus on delivering a skills development programme for people living in the Damietta region in partnership with local vocational schools with a focus on women’s participation in the work force.

The Damietta Port is an attractive shipping site in the Mediterranean and has a strategic location close to the Suez Canal, with direct road connections to Cairo, Alexandria and the Nile Delta.

The development of the terminal comes as a response to the growing demand for container traffic in Egyptian ports. This expansion will increase Damietta Port’s competitive position as a strategic hub in the East Mediterranean, in addition to providing the Egyptian market with more than 80,000 direct & indirect jobs by 2038.

Since 2012, the EBRD has invested close to €11.2 billion in 170 projects in Egypt, with almost 80 per cent in the private sector,

Since beginning its operations in Egypt, IFC has invested and mobilised approximately US$ 8 billion in investment projects and has an advisory portfolio amounting US$ 30 million in Egypt, which have supported the private sector in key areas such as access to finance, fintech, climate finance, manufacturing, infrastructure and renewable energy, healthcare and gender. 

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