IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is investing up to US$10mn in a local Egyptian company to help it expand installation of digital prepaid and smart electricity meters in Egyptian homes. The investment will support government energy reforms to improve accuracy in billing, give consumers more payment options and provide consumers with better information about their energy use in order to encourage savings.
IFC’s financing will enable Globaltronics SAE, which manufactures electricity measurement solutions, to support government plans to replace outdated meters with prepaid and smart digital meters as part of ongoing energy reforms. Prepaid digital meters improve billing accuracy and offer more convenient payment options. Prepaid meters also contribute to overall reduced energy consumption by making it easier for consumers to track their energy use.
The investment will help Globaltronics set up a new manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia and increase its investment in research and development to grow exports and develop new products.
Dr. Hany Assal, founder and chairman of Globaltronics said: “We are glad to have the IFC as a partner in Globaltronics. We look forward to investing and growing our business in Egypt and to continue expanding in the Middle East and Africa.”
As well as supporting manufacturing, the project is part of the World Bank Group’s strategy to help Egypt optimize its overall domestic electricity consumption, which in turn will help the government reduce subsidies to the energy sector.
Walid Labadi, IFC’s Country Manager for Egypt, Yemen and Libya, said: “Egypt’s electricity consumption has witnessed an increase in growth in recent years and is likely to accelerate further. This project is part of IFC’s strategy to support the government in its reforms of the sector and boost energy efficiency, while also helping a local company expand in the region and diversify its offering.”
Egypt is a priority country for IFC in the region. IFC’s commitments in Egypt total over US$4bn since 2005, including financing mobilized from other investors.
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