British International Investment

Irrawaddy Green Tower Project

Rest of the WorldCommunications & IT services

Yangon-based Irrawaddy Green Towers (IGT) is the largest independent telecomms tower company in Myanmar. IGT builds towers and infrastructure for all the country’s major operators, including Telenor, Ooredoo and MPT.

This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group.

Our investment

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In 2015, CDC made its first investment in IGT, alongside several European DFIs: the Netherlands’ FMO, Germany’s DEG, France’s Proparco, Belgium’s BIO and Austria’s OeEB.

Following a second investment round in 2016, CDC now has a total investment of $50 million in IGT, making us the largest lender.

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Emerging from decades of isolation, Myanmar’s communications sector has radically evolved in recent years. It is now the world’s third fastest growing mobile phone market behind India and China.

Our investment will support the work of companies such as IGT, which has helped to increase mobile phone coverage in Myanmar from 10 per cent to 85 per cent in the past five years.

IGT has become the backbone of Myanmar’s telecommunications network, with 2,900 towers built and plans to build 5,000 towers in total. With this infrastructure, around 14 million people, mainly in under-served rural areas, now have mobile phone coverage and better access to communications.

Our investment will also help attract other investors to the country.

Reporting and Complaints Mechanism

The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism allows anyone outside BII to report alleged breaches of the business integrity or environmental and social provisions of BII’s Policy on Responsible Investing. This includes breaches made by BII, a BII investee, or a portfolio company of a fund in which BII has invested. The Reporting and Complaints Mechanism Rules are available here. Reports and complaints can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail. See more details on our Reporting and Complaints Mechanism here.

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Related investments made by BII into this company:

Investment name Commitment Region Sector Start date Status
Investment 01 $20.33m Rest of the World Communications & IT services December 2015 Active
Investment 01 $20.33m Rest of the WorldRest of the World Communications & IT services December 2015 Exited
Investment 02 $29.67m Rest of the WorldRest of the WorldRest of the World Communications & IT services August 2016 Exited

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