VISP - ONEE Water Stabilisation Facility

Location:

Morocco

Project number:

52334

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:

State

Approval date:

23 Jul 2020

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

22 Jun 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

Provision of a sovereign guaranteed loan of up to EUR 50 million in favour of the Office National de l'Electricite et de l'Eau Potable ("ONEE" or "the Company") to address the urgent need for liquidity support of the Company, a Moroccan State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) providing vital infrastructure services, following the unprecedented economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. ONEE is an existing client of the Bank, and the proposed transaction is in line with the Vital Infrastructure Support Programme (VISP) under the Bank's COVID-19 Solidarity Package.

Project Objectives

The goal of the Project is to help this SOE meet short-term obligations in order to enable essential operations and services to continue uninterrupted despite the financial stress of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Transition Impact

ETI score: 65

The Project will have the following Transition Impact:

Resilient- The Project entails providing financial support to ensure the continuity of the vital services provided by this SOE and ensure that capacity is maintained throughout and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

Well-governed- The EBRD team will work with the Government of Morocco to develop a policy agenda on SOE modernisation and consolidation, with the areas of focus comprising governance consolidation.

Client Information

OFFICE NATIONAL DE L ELECTRICITE ET DE L EAU POTABLE

ONEE is a public enterprise created as per the law 40-09 of the Dahir 1-11-160 of the 1st Kaada 1432 of the 29th of September 2011, which enabled the consolidation of the activities of the ONE and the ONEP. In the water sector, ONEE is mainly in charge of potable water and the administration for the municipalities of water distribution and sanitation services. The funds will be allocated to ONEE's Water branch.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 50,000,000.00

Liquidity facility for ONEE (Water division) of EUR [50] million.

Total Project Cost

EUR 50,000,000.00

Total Project cost is EUR 50,000,000.

Additionality

Crisis response: the targeted SOE in the infrastructure sector is facing risks of financial instability that may undermine its ability to continue to provide vital services to people and businesses, pay suppliers or employees or continue capital expenditures in the context of health emergency measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bank is providing unique support that will effectively bridge the financing gap due to adverse market conditions in Morocco.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (2019 ESP). Key E&S risks associated with providing a working capital loan for the operation of vital infrastructure services include health and safety for workers and communities, labour conditions, contractors' management and stakeholder engagement. The Environmental and Social (E&S) due diligence (ESDD) will be undertaken in line with the ESDD response to COVID-19. The ESDD will be undertaken in-house; it will include the review of the SOE's E&S organization, practices and performance (through the Corporate Questionnaire and COVID-19 Questionnaire) and the preparation of an ESAP for the SOE as appropriate, to agree on actions to align its corporate environmental and social management system with EBRD's PRs. 

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

The project will potentially include technical cooperation to accompany any additional Transition policy initiatives. Donors will be sought once funding needs are identified; currently an indicative amount has been confirmed at EUR 500,000, as part of a package to support SOEs in Morocco.

Company Contact Information

M. Adil Hasnaoui
ahasnaoui@onee.ma

PSD last updated

22 Jun 2020

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

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More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

Integrity and Compliance

The EBRD's Office of the Chief Compliance Officer (OCCO) promotes good governance and ensures that the highest standards of integrity are applied to all activities of the Bank in accordance with international best practice. Integrity due diligence is conducted on all Bank clients to ensure that projects do not present unacceptable integrity or reputational risks to the Bank. The Bank believes that identifying and resolving issues at the project assessment approval stages is the most effective means of ensuring the integrity of Bank transactions. OCCO plays a key role in these protective efforts, and also helps to monitor integrity risks in projects post-investment.

OCCO is also responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct in EBRD-financed projects. Anyone, both within or outside the Bank, who suspects fraud or corruption should submit a written report to the Chief Compliance Officer by email to compliance@ebrd.com. All matters reported will be handled by OCCO for follow-up. All reports, including anonymous ones, will be reviewed. Reports can be made in any language of the Bank or of the Bank's countries of operation. The information provided must be made in good faith.

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out how to submit a Request for review through our confidential online form, by emailmail or telephone. IPAM is available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of Requests, which follow the Project Accountability Policy and Guidance. Requesters’ identities may be kept confidential, upon request.

 

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