CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana / MPS-01/Tema

Complainant
Proprietor
Date Filed
February 26, 2018
Concerns
Forced resettlement, lack of compensation and occupational health & safety
Case Status
Open - Ombudsman
 

Synopsis

Project Overview
The Project involves the development and operation of a new container terminal in the Port of Tema, approximately 20 miles east of Accra, Ghana. MPS has been working in Tema for over 10 years. The Project represents investments related to the first phase of the project and primarily consists of: (i) constructing a 700-meter quay for two container berths; (ii) creating a 70-ha yard; (iii) constructing a 3.5-kilometer breakwater; and (iv) dredging up to 16.9 meters. The Project is estimated to cost approximately USD1.4 billion. The project is financed by shareholders in MPS, Bolloré Transport & Logistics, APM Terminals, Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority (GPHA), and IFC’s loan. According to project documentation, IFC has committed USD 195 million A loan and USD 472 million B-loan.

 

Complaint
In February 2017, CAO received a complaint from the proprietor of Ave Maria Resort and Wellness Centre (the Complainant) in relation to IFC’s investment in Meridian Port Services Limited (MPS) (the Company) in Ghana. The complaint alleges the complainant and her employees were forced to vacate the property due to ongoing demolition, to allow for improvements to the Tema Port Expansion Project. The complainant further alleges she was forced the vacate the property by armed security personnel without payment of compensation and raised concerns that she is unable to compensate her staff for loss of livelihood.

 

CAO Action
CAO found the complaint eligible in March 2018 and has begun an assessment of the complaint with the relevant parties.

 

Status
An assessment of the complaint is underway.

 

Note: A CAO assessment does not entail a judgment on the merits of complaints.  Rather, the aim is to listen to people's concerns, understand the different perspectives, and determine what options are available to address the complaint through CAO's Dispute Resolution and Compliance functions.

 

Status as of May 1, 2018

Project information

Institution
IFC
Project Name & Number
Meridian Port Services Limited 36706
Department
Infrastructure
Company
Meridian Port Services Limited
Sector
Port and Harbor Operations
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Ghana
Environmental Category
A
Commitment
USD250 million

Case Tracker

Ombudsman

  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: In Process

Compliance