Project number:


Business sector:


Notice type:


Environmental category:


Approval date:

22 Jul 1997



PSD disclosed:

23 Jun 1997


Project Description

Installation and operation of a fruit and vegetable juice packaging line in Khujand, Tajikistan.

Project objectives: To radically improve the quality of packaging and remove a major bottleneck in the Tajik agribusiness sector related to the mismatch between growing and processing capacity.

Transition Impact

The project will have high transition impact stemming from: (i) the improved quality of packaging; (ii) the transfer of technological and managerial know-how; (iii) the increased utilisation and reduced waste of local agricultural produce; (iv) the increased amount of value added in the country; (v) the increase of the country's hard currency earning capacity. As the EBRD's first investment in Tajikistan outside the financial sector, the project will also have a high demonstration effect.

The Client

The borrower under the proposed project will be Khujand Packaging (KP), a joint venture created to operate this new enterprise. KP was registered in late 1996 as a joint-stock company in Tajikistan by the Khujand Canning Factory, Oeko-Pack from Austria and San-Bravo from the Czech Republic.

EBRD Finance

Loan of US$ 1.7 million (ECU 1.35 million equivalent) with the option to convert up to US$ 250,000 of the outstanding principal into shares of the borrower.

Project Cost

US$ 3.97 million (ECU 3.12 million equivalent).

Environmental Impact

Khujand Canning Factory is a Tajik packaging enterprise which employs 700 people and has been in existence since 1936. The proposed project is for the establishment of a joint venture in Khujand (the centre of the Leninabad Region of Tajikistan), to be operated by a private foreign entity, which will produce and package fruit juices and wine made from local inputs.

The project was screened B/0, requiring an Environmental Analysis to examine the impact of the proposed development and any action necessary to mitigate these impacts. The EBRD commissioned an environmental analysis including a review of the company's environmental policy and procedures. The environmental analysis, along with an audit of an existing operational site, was also carried out by independent consultants. The operations conducted at the new facility will be strictly limited to the storage of fruit juices in batch reactors and the packaging of these juices in Tetrapack-type packages. No hazardous or dangerous substances will be used; air emissions and wastewater discharge will be limited and will be in compliance with both Tajik and EU legal requirements. The company complies with national and international health and safety legal requirements. Since 1996, the company has been implementing a programme of quality improvements, including creating product standards based on EU legal requirements.

The most important environmental issue is likely to be related to waste management, and a waste management and recycling system will be developed to address the extra waste generated by the packaging unit. This will be based on the company's existing and effective system of recycling and reuse. The company has all the required permits for water abstraction, the use of landfill and wastewater discharge, which were reviewed by the Bank's consultants during a site visit. The company will report annually to the Bank on environmental, health and safety matters, including compliance status and progress made on the implementation of environmental protection measures, and notify the Bank in case of significant environmental accidents or incidents.

Technical Cooperation


Company Contact


Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

For state-sector projects, visit EBRD Procurement: Tel: +44 20 7338 6794

General enquiries

EBRD project enquiries not related to procurement:
Tel: +44 20 7338 7168

Public Information Policy (PIP)

The PIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations. Please visit the Public Information Policy page below to find out how to request a Public Sector Board Report.
Text of the PIP

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 email, mail 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. Requestors’ identities may be kept confidential, upon request.

Share this page: