Plantations et Huileries du Congo SA


Plantations et Huileries du Congo SA (PHC) is a Congolese company which operates three long established palm oil plantations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) close to the river Congo. PHC produces mainly crude palm oil and palm kernel oil which is sold domestically in the DRC.

DEG, BIO, EAIF and FMO provide a long term loan facility in an amount of up to USD 49 million (DEG: USD 16.5 million, BIO: USD 11 million, EAIF: USD 5 million, FMO: USD 16.5 million). The funds of DEG, BIO, EAIF and FMO shall be used to finance investments into replanting, equipment, fertiliser and environmental and social governance.Through their involvement, the DFIs promote the implementation of high environmental, social and corporate governance standards via an “Environmental and Social Action Plan”.

The project has an important impact on development in the DRC:

  • The financing secures approximately 3,800 permanent and up to 4,000 seasonal jobs in a in a least developed and post-conflict country. PHC estimates that a total of 57,000 people directly benefit economically and socially from its activities. These positive effects are even more significant given that the DRC has an underemployment rate of 82 per cent and a poverty rate of 63 per cent.
  • The project improves the access of the population in the DRC to staple foods including fats, oils, and basic hygiene products including soaps and detergents while displacing high cost imports. Furthermore, PHC contributes to economic diversification in remote and underdeveloped regions.
  • PHC provides, and is in the process of further restoring and developing, extensive social infrastructure, including health facilities, employee housing, schools, water supplies and roads at each of its three plantation sites.
  • The project contributes to achieving the strategic goals of climate and environment, Africa, strategic partnership (BIO, EAIF, FMO) and mobilization of public capital (BIO, EAIF, FMO).

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  • Nature of intervention :

    Senior loan

  • Development impacts :

    • 1 — Improve access to staple foods
    • 2 — Create economic diversification
    • 3 — Provide social infrastructure, including health facilities, employee housing, schools, water supplies and roads

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