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    € 5,000,000
    Lesotho : € 5,000,000
    Industry : € 5,000,000
    Signature date(s)
    27/07/2010 : € 5,000,000

    Summary sheet

    Release date
    12 May 2009
    Signed | 27/07/2010
    Project name
    Promoter - financial intermediary
    Philips Lighting Maseru
    Philips Lighting Maseru (Pty) Ltd
    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)
    Total cost (Approximate amount)
    EUR 5 million.
    EUR 7.6 million.

    Operation of a manufacturing plant in Lesotho aimed at producing energy saving fluorescent lamps for the Southern African market (including recycling).

    To produce energy efficient lamps in order to assist the South-African Government with the role-out of its Energy Demand Side Management Initiative. The project will create 500 jobs, and will be one of the first FDI helping the Lesotho economy to diversify its industrial structure away from the footloose textile industry.

    Environmental aspects

    The production activities will be carried in a building rented from the Lesotho National Development Company, for which the competent authority has decided that an EIA is necessary. The owner of the building has prepared a full EIA which is currently under public consultation and of which the bank has received a copy. The promoter has prepared, as requested by the local authorities, an Environmental Management Plan which has already been submitted to the competent authorities. Positive conclusions of the EIA with necessary supporting documentation by the competent Authority and of the EMP remain conditional for disbursement of the loan.

    The promoter is a private company operating in a competitive manufacturing sector not covered by EU Directives on procurement.


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