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Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Argentina
Location: Buenos Aires
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  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Status: Approved
Bank Risk Rating: B
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Board Decision Date: 2017-04-03
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  • Infrastructure
  • Transport
Investment Type(s): Loan
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD): $ 150.00 million
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Project Cost (USD): $ 800.00 million
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Original disclosure @ IFC website
Updated in EWS: 2017-08-11
Disclosure Date: 2016-10-27
City of BA

Project Description
The proposed IFC corporate loan will support Buenos Aires' 2016 - 2017 investment program in critical transport infrastructure. A law will be passed in the City of Buenos Aires (CABA or the "borrower") legislative body to allow the City to enter into the loan agreement with IFC. The law will include the definition of the use of proceeds, which are the following: (i) improvements to, and modernization of different (existing) components of Metro Line B, to allow for improved service quality and higher train frequency; (ii) investments for the construction of phase 1 (3.5 km) of the bus rapid transport (BRT or "metrobus") system linking Paseo Colon to Avenida Alem; and (iii) construction of the Pacifico bus distribution terminal (collectively the "project").The project supports CABA's strategy to enhance urban mobility and connectivity through an increasingly integrated, efficient and environmentally friendly public transport system.
Investment Description
The metro system is owned by Subterraneos de Buenos Aires S.E. (SBASE), of which CABA is the main shareholder. The concession to operate and maintain the metro system was awarded to Metrovias in 1994. SBASE was transferred ownership of the metro system from the federal government in 2012. Metrovias is the only private sector concessionaire with experience operating metro systems in the country.
Contact Information
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