BOCOM Petroleum secures US$52m from IFC to expand access of LPG

CAMEROON – BOCOM Petroleum SA, a leading Cameroonian importer and distributor of petroleum products, has secured €50 million (US$52.31m) financing package through a partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank.

IFC will help BOCOM expand access to liquified petroleum gas (LPG) in Cameroon. The partnership is aimed at boosting access to cleaner and more reliable cooking fuel in Cameroon, especially for the country’s underserved rural households.

The financing will allow BOCOM to grow its activities across Cameroon, including by expanding its main LPG storage and filling center, developing new distribution regional hubs, and purchasing trucks to transport LPG cylinders. IFC’s support will help create 160 new direct formal jobs.

“We are honored to access IFCs’ funding that will greatly boost our expansion towards sustainable development over generations,” said Mr. Bougne, Executive Chairman of BOCOM Petroleum. 

The €50 million (US$52.31m) financing package consists of a loan of up to €25 million (US$26.16m) from IFC’s own account, a €15 million (US$15.69m) concessional loan from the International Development Association Private Sector Window Blended Finance Facility (IDA-PSW BFF), and a parallel loan of up to €10 million (US$10.46m) which is expected to be mobilized from a leading development finance institution.

“We are proud to partner with BOCOM to foster access to cleaner and safer fuel, while supporting Cameroon’s energy transition,” said Sylvain Kakou, IFC’s Country Manager for Cameroon.

“Our partnership will also help promote economic inclusion in regions of the country where private sector investment has been lagging for years, helping create jobs and boost the local economy.”

IFC will also provide advisory services to help BOCOM better reach underserved markets and build a sustainable and inclusive gender strategy within its organization.

IFC’s strategy in Cameroon focuses on supporting renewable energy, agribusiness, manufacturing, and access to finance for SMEs.

Currently, the vast majority of rural homes in Cameroon lack access to LPG, which is growing in popularity across Africa because of its reliability and effectiveness. It is the cleanest available option for households, with drastically reduced smoke and emissions.

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