Regional: New Hope COVID-19 Working Capital Support Project

Nonsovereign Project | 54197-001

ADB will provide New Hope Singapore Pte Ltd (NHS) with a midterm corporate loan of up to $20 million to fund NHS COVID-19 response operating expenses and working capital needs in South and Southeast Asia.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Wang, Xiaole
    Private Sector Operations Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    8 December 2020
  • Country
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name New Hope COVID-19 Working Capital Support Project
Project Number 54197-001
Borrower/Company New Hope Singapore Private Limited
Country Regional
Bangladesh
Cambodia
Indonesia
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Nepal
Philippines
Sri Lanka
Viet Nam
Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Cambodia - Nation-wide; Indonesia - Nation-wide; Lao People's Democratic Republic - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Philippines - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide; Viet Nam - Nation-wide
Type or Modality of Assistance
4037 Loan Ordinary capital resources USD 20.00 million Approved
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Livestock

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, PSOD
Responsible ADB Officer Wang, Xiaole
Project Sponsor(s)
Description ADB will provide New Hope Singapore Pte Ltd (NHS) with a midterm corporate loan of up to $20 million to fund NHS COVID-19 response operating expenses and working capital needs in South and Southeast Asia.
Objectives and Scope The project will support NHS coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response operating expenses and increased working capital needs in South and Southeast Asia during the outbreak. The sustainable operations of NHS feed mills, livestock farms, and contract farmers will ensure the stable local supply of affordable animal proteins, which will contribute to food security in the eight developing member countries (DMCs) included in the project scope. The project will also help to preserve the livelihoods of workers and smallholder farmers and will promote South-South investment and trade.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project is aligned with Strategy 2030 which calls for ADB to scale up its financing for agribusiness and to promote gender equality in at least 75% of the number of ADBs committed operations by 2030. The project is also aligned with Operational Plan for Private Sector Operations which promotes working with Tier-2 agribusiness companies such as NHL. The project is consistent with ADBs country partnership strategies of the eight DMCs which support: (i) improvement of productivity and commercialization of agriculture; (ii) rural infrastructure development and agriculture diversification; and (iii) inclusion of smallholder farmers in value chains.

The project is consistent with Strategy 2030s Operational Plan for Priority 1 (Addressing Remaining Poverty and Reducing Inequalities) which aims to improve standards of living for poor and vulnerable people; Operational Plan for Priority 2 (Gender Equality and Womens Empowerment) to protect women workers and farmers during COVID-19; Operational Plan for Priority 5 (Promoting Rural Development and Food Security, 20192024), to promote food security and agricultural productivity to provide sufficient, safe, and affordable food; and Operational Plan for Priority 7 (Fostering Regional Cooperation and Integration) to promote (i) agriculture trade and foreign direct investment in low-income countries and (ii) PSOD investment in cross border operations in agriculture value chains. The project is part of ADBs Comprehensive Response to COVID-19 Pandemic which proposed $20 billion to address the needs of ADBs DMCs to respond to COVID-19 pandemic. ADBs Comprehensive Response to COVID-19 Pandemic includes $1.8 billion funding for non-sovereign facilities to enable ADB to scale up its support for private entities. The project will complement sovereign COVID-19 response projects in South and Southeast Asia to provide COVID-19 response for the poor and vulnerable households.

Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS, 2009), the project is classified as category C for environment.

ADB has undertaken a corporate and site level compliance audit of NHL in 2019 through an external party for the ADB-approved capital expenditure loan. The environmental and social measures, institutional capacity and commitment of NHL to manage the project's social and

environmental impacts are deemed adequate.

As this COVID-19 response loan will support working capital and COVID-19 response operating expenses, the use of proceeds is anticipated to have minimal environmental and social impacts. No subprojects classified as category A or B for environment will be financed under this project.

Involuntary Resettlement

In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS, 2009), the project is classified as category C involuntary resettlement.

No subprojects classified as category A or B for involuntary resettlement will be financed under this project.

Indigenous Peoples

In compliance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS, 2009), the project is classified as category C Indigenous Peoples.

No subprojects classified as category A or B for Indigenous Peoples will be financed under this project.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 20 May 2020
Credit Committee Meeting 02 Dec 2020
Approval 08 Dec 2020
Last PDS Update 10 May 2021

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Title Document Type Document Date
New Hope COVID-19 Working Capital Support Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jul 2021
New Hope COVID-19 Working Capital Support Project: FAST Report Faster Approach to Small Nonsovereign Transactions Jan 2021

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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