RF - Khujand Airport COVID-19 Response

Location:

Tajikistan

Project number:

52205

Business sector:

Transport

Notice type:

State

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

07 Jul 2020

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

06 Jul 2020

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

The project was approved in the context 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.  

Impact of COVID-19 and response measures. OJSC Khujand International Airport (the "Borrower") has suspended its operations after the closure of Tajikistan's airspace on 20 March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic's spread. 

Proposed immediate and medium-term approach. In order to address the shortage of working capital requirements during the lockdown and operations restart period, the borrower has approached the Bank with a request to consider provision of a working capital facility in the amount of up to USD 2.0 million (the "Loan") to cover minimum required cash costs during the April 2020 - April 2021 period.

Project Objectives

The borrower is an existing EBRD client under the Khujand Airport Emergency Loan Project OpID 43343 (the "project") and has achieved the majority of monitoring benchmarks for existing operations, with three still to be achieved by the project's end in April 2021. The proposed loan will help the company stay afloat during the Covid-19 crisis and the initial period of business recovery.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

60

Client Information

KHUJAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OJSC

OJSC Khujand International Airport, incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Tajikistan, is 100 per cent state-owned via the State Committee for Investments and State Property Management under the Government of Tajikistan.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 2,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

USD 2,000,000.00

Additionality

EBRD financing is provided during the extraordinary circumstances brought about by COVID-19 crisis. EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions, e.g. the COVID-19 crisis. The proposed financing is based on previous EBRD experience where financing structure, policy dialogue and know-how have helped the company achieve higher standards.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (2019 ESP). The provision of short-term working capital to the Company is not associated with any new environmental or social risks or impacts. Environmental and Social Due Diligence ("ESDD") has been undertaken by ESD specialists in line with the ESD COVID-19 response and included reviewing an ESDD questionnaire, annual Environmental & Social ("E&S") reports provided by the Company to the Bank and publicly available information. ESDD confirmed that the Company continues to be compliant with national law, the relevant EBRD Performance Requirements ("PR"), and is on track with implementing the existing Environmental and Social Action Plan ("ESAP"), has maintained its institutional capacity for E&S risk management, and is addressing public safety and Operational Health and Safety risks linked to the COVID-19 response.

 

The Company has been adversely affected by flight cancellations; most of its employees are on un-paid leave until the COVID-19 situation permits a return to work. The Bank will work with the Company to ensure it continues supporting its employees in line with PR 2 and national requirements. Currently, the Company has no plans for labour restructuring or redundancies within the next two years, but should this change, the Company will need to prepare and submit a Retrenchment Plan in line with PR 2 to the EBRD. Based on the due diligence results, the Bank is in the process of agreeing an updated ESAP, which will address the issues identified during ESDD and those associated with COVID-19. This includes developing response plans related to labour management and stakeholder engagement to address COVID-19 related impacts. The Client is required to continue ensuring that the new project complies with the PRs, as well as submitting an annual E&S report to the Bank.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

None.

Company Contact Information

Mr. Qurboni Alimardon
info@sogdavia.com
+992342260499
+992342260499
15-Airport Khujand, Tajikistan 735715

PSD last updated

06 Jul 2020

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