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.
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.
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.
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
Liquidity facility for ONEE (Water division) of EUR  million.
Total Project Cost
Total Project cost is EUR 50,000,000.
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
PSD last updated
22 Jun 2020
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