A local non-governmental organization—Collectif des personnes victims d’erosion côtièr—filed the complaint on behalf of a group of people from the villages around Lomé, Togo. These villages include: Bobole Kope, Agbe Kope, Tango, Agbetiko, Adissem and Gounou Kope.
Damage and loss of property, displacement impacts, loss of livelihood and land, damage and loss of sacred sites, community division, and safety concerns.
IFC provided loans to LCT totaling €92.5 million (€82.5 million in 2011 and €10 million in 2015). IFC also mobilized approximately €142.5 million from other lenders.
Lomé Container Terminal (LCT) is a nationally incorporated company, operating on the Gulf of Guinea. In December 2008, the Government of Togo awarded the company a 35-year concession—with an optional 10 year extension—to develop, construct and operate a container cargo terminal within the Port of Lomé. The terminal is expected to have an estimated handling capacity of up to 1.5 million twenty foot equivalent unit moves per annum when completed.
The complaint raised concerns about the impact of coastal erosion on the coast land. The complaint alledges that the construction and operation of LCT’s terminal, the port and the breakwater located in Lomé, Togo, contributes to deteriorating land and negative impacts on livelihoods. Specifically, the concerns are related to: damage and loss of property and displacement impacts, loss of livelihood and land, damage and loss of sacred sites, community division and safety concerns, and overall concerns about delays in CAO processes.
The Bank Information Center (BIC), an international non-governmental organization, supports the complainants through the CAO process.
On December 20, 2022, CAO found the complaint eligible for assessment. The assessment process began on December 21, 2022 and is currently ongoing.
This case is currently under assessment.
*Note: The CAO assessment process does not entail a judgment on the merits of the complaint. Rather, it seeks to understand the facts and empower those involved to make informed decisions on how to address the issues raised.
Status as of March 31, 2023