Togo: Togo LCT-02/Lomé

Date Filed
16 Feb 2018
Status
Open
Phase
Dispute Resolution (DR)
Country
Togo

Case Tracker

Eligibility
Eligibility
Assessment
Assessment
Dispute Resolution
Mediation
Compliance
CURRENT Status
Mediation (DISPUTE RESOLUTION)

Complaint Overview

Complainant

“Mouvement Martin Luther King – La voix des sans voix”

Concerns

Resettlement, Livelihoods, Labor

Cross-Cutting Issues
Risk Management Labor Community Health and Safety Land Resettlement Land Water Loss of Livelihoods Unfulfilled Commitments

Project Information

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Institution
IFC
Name & Number
Togo LCT 29197
Company
Société Lomé Container Terminal
Sector
Infrastructure
Department
Infrastructure
Category
A
Commitment

$116.21 million

Synopsis

Project Overview

IFC has an active investment with LCT, a locally incorporated company that was awarded a 35-year concession by the Government of Togo, with an optional ten-year extension, to develop, construct, and operate a greenfield transshipment container terminal within the Port of Lomé, in Togo. Upon final completion, the terminal is expected to have an estimated handling capacity of up to 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent unit (“TEU”) moves per annum.  The LCT project cost an estimated €353 million (about $415 million). IFC provided senior debt financing of €85.5 million (about $100 million) for its own account and mobilized €170 million (about $200 million) from other lenders. The project is classified as Category A.

Complaint

In February 2018, CAO received a complaint from the “Mouvement Martin Luther King – La voix des sans voix”. The complaint was signed by six affected individuals, who belong to a group of former sand miners and market gardeners. The complainants claim LCT’s operations are negatively impacting them, and a larger group of people.

The complainants allege that LCT has not respected its commitments in relation to the project’s Resettlement Action Plan (RAP), particularly with regards to affected groups of market gardeners and sand miners. They claim that the execution of the RAP did not respect the frameworks of the World Bank Group, or the other national and international legal frameworks, including the Togolese Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The complainants further claim that the project has impoverished surrounding communities, and raise concerns regarding ambient pollution and health impacts to “marine sand drippers”, who worked on the site. The complaint also raises labor concerns, in particular with regard to hiring practices, dismissals, and wages of lashing operations personnel (“Lashingmen”).

CAO Action

In March 2018, CAO found the complaint eligible and began an assessment of the complaint. During the assessment, the Complainants and the Company agreed to engage in a voluntary dialogue process convened by CAO to try and address the issues raised in the complaint. CAO’s assessment report is available in English and French under the “Case Documents” section below.

Status

A dispute resolution process is underway. The parties produced a progress report regarding the issue of the Lashing-men in February 2019, available under the “Case Documents” section below.

 

Status as of May 17, 2019

Case Documents

  • Dispute Resolution

    Complaint
    Letter of complaint - Togo: LCT-02
    Feb 14, 2018
    English
    Letter of complaint - Togo: LCT-02
    Assessment Report(s)
    CAO Assessment Report Togo: LCT-02
    Aug 01, 2018
    English
    CAO Assessment Report Togo: LCT-02
    CAO Assessment Report Togo: LCT-02
    Aug 01, 2018
    French
    CAO Assessment Report Togo: LCT-02
    IFC Formal Response - Togo Complaint
    Aug 06, 2018
    English
    IFC Formal Response - Togo Complaint
    Agreement(s)
    CAO Progress Report Togo: LCT 02
    Feb 01, 2019
    English
    CAO Progress Report Togo: LCT 02
    CAO Progress Report Togo: LCT 02
    Feb 01, 2019
    French
    CAO Progress Report Togo: LCT 02