OPEC Fund’s US$25 million loan to promote private sector infrastructure investments in Latin America
May 16, 2022: The OPEC Fund for International Development has signed a US$25 million loan agreement with Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura (CIFI) to finance the development of private sector infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.
OPEC Fund Director-General Dr. Abdulhamid Alkhalifa said: “More investments are needed to meet the growing infrastructure needs of the region. Our cooperation with CIFI will promote private sector participation in infrastructure development, support mid-size projects across the energy, water and sanitation, transport, and telecommunications sectors, and improve the quality of life for citizens across the region. This is an important contribution to the Sustainable Development Agenda.”
In Latin America and the Caribbean, the public sector finances approximately 60 percent of all infrastructure development. Despite the impact of COVID-19 shutdowns and the 9 percent economic contraction in 2020, the infrastructure sector and associated investments remained resilient, highlighting the high demand.
The OPEC Fund has supported CIFI through two previous loans in the amount of US$30 million to provide funds for 60 mid-size infrastructure projects. CIFI is a non-banking financial institution established in 2001, offering financing and advice for infrastructure projects in the private sector.
César Cañedo-Argüelles, CIFI CEO, said: “CIFI is a long term player with longstanding relationships with our partners. This new credit facility with the OPEC Fund shows that CIFI and the OPEC Fund are trusted partners working towards similar objectives and vision to focus on projects that meet basic infrastructure, drive development, strengthen communities, and generate wellbeing in our region. Working together as a team with the OPEC Fund makes us proud.”
The OPEC Fund and CIFI are united in the ambition to deliver the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and the new financing will specifically include SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 9 – Supporting Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and SDG 13 – Climate Action. According to the 2021 CIFI impact monitoring results, more than 48 percent of its portfolio was in renewable energy and provided access to clean energy for nearly two million people. CIFI financing also contributed to an additional operational installed capacity of renewable energy of 538MW and cut CO2 emissions by more than one million tons.
About the OPEC Fund
The OPEC Fund for International Development (the OPEC Fund) is the only globally mandated development institution that exclusively provides financing from member countries to non-member countries. The organization works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international development community to stimulate economic growth and social progress in low- and middle-income countries around the world. The OPEC Fund was established by the member countries of OPEC in 1976 with a distinct purpose: to drive development, strengthen communities and empower people. Our work is people-centered, focusing on financing projects that meet essential needs, such as food, energy, infrastructure, employment (particularly relating to MSMEs), clean water and sanitation, healthcare, and education. To date, the OPEC Fund has committed more than US$22 billion to development projects in over 125 countries, with an estimated total project cost of US$187 billion. The OPEC Fund was rated AA+/Outlook Stable by Fitch and AA/Outlook Positive by S&P in 2021. Our vision is a world where sustainable development is a reality for all.
CIFI is a non-bank financial institution with over 20 years of experience in infrastructure and energy financing in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Established in 2001, the company has analyzed more than 600 projects and has participated in more than 200 transactions for a value of more than US$1.8 billion. CIFI has become a leading participant in the trend toward sustainable infrastructure projects in Latin America and the region’s overall economic development.