This project was approved as part of the Bank's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid delays to the delivery of this project, the Bank's President granted a deviation from the ordinary timelines for PSD disclosure, as contemplated by Section V of the Directive on Access to Information. Details of the Bank's response to COVID-19, and this deviation, can be found on our website.
A senior loan of up to USD 25 million in favour of JSC Georgia Healthcare Group. Proceeds to fund short-term working capital needs as well as critical capital expenditures required for the GHG's important role in fighting COVID-19 virus pandemic.
The Project is a response to COVID-19 pandemic, where GHG plays an important role in helping the state by adapting six major hospitals for the patients infected with the virus in accordance with WHO guidelines. The Project also supports implementation of testing for COVID-19 in the most advanced medical laboratory in the country, Megalab, which was originally financed by the Bank.
ETI score: 72
The TI for this project is aligned with the Bank's Covid-19 Solidarity Package, which adopts a streamlined rating approach. The Project is proposed to safeguard the previous transactions' transition impact objectives under the Inclusive and Resilient qualities: (i) work between the Company and the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education to define and implement skills standards for nursing and midwifery professionals at the Bachelor's level, introducing new sub-specialisations at the national level in line with international best practices (Inclusive) and (ii) demonstration effect related to the successful issuance of public local currency bond which contributes to the development of local capital markets (Resilient).
GEORGIA HEALTHCARE GROUP JSC
JSC Georgia Healthcare Group ("GHG"), a joint stock company incorporated in Georgia, is the largest healthcare provider operating a highly-integrated business model which includes hospitals, clinics, pharmaceuticals, medical insurance and diagnostics laboratory.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
EBRD financing is provided in the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 crisis and effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions.
Environmental and Social Summary
The ESDD showed the following. GHG has formal and publicly committed Environmental & Social Policy in place and reports on its environmental and social performance to the shareholders. In addition to environmental and social coordinators employed at GHG level, Environmental & Social Management System (ESMS) responsibilities are delegated to healthcare facility-based personnel, primarily consisting of operations teams and epidemiologists who provide day-to-day support to Environmental, Health and Safety function in areas of waste and wastewater management, housekeeping, personal safety matters, fire safety etc. As the Bank's client, the company has carried out third party environmental audits, life & fire safety audits and a hospital infection audit for their facilities. Their overall environmental and social performance is in line with EBRD PRs. The Group's HR policy including an employee grievance mechanism as well as Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) is in line with PR2 and PR4. GHG has written reorganisation & retrenchment procedure in line with IFC PS2 and EBRD PS2.
The ESAP includes in-hospital infection prevention & management, and Antibiotics Stewardship & Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance. The Bank will monitor the Project's compliance with PRs by reviewing an annual report and a monitoring visit.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
142 Beliashvili St. Tbilisi 0159, Georgia.
PSD last updated
01 May 2020
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