Paraguay - Paraguay - Development of the Industry of Products of the Vegetable Sponge

Country: Paraguay

Reception date: February, 10 2010

Current Status: Closed

Ms. Brigitte Fuzellier, President of Loofah, S.A.

Summary of the Request

The Request submitted to the ICIM made observations related to a Non-Reimbursable Technical Cooperation awarded to Loofah S.A. in 2005. A Loofah representative states that the company suffered a “tremendous damage” as a consequence of the partial cancellation of Technical Cooperation funding due to an apparent failure on the part of Loofah to meet the objectives set forth in the Grant Agreement signed with the IDB.

MICI actions

The Project Ombudsperson determined that the Request was eligible for the Consultation Phase. After a series of informational meetings, the Project Ombudsperson presented an Assessment Report, outlining the existence of the necessary elements to resolve the issues raised through a constructive dialogue among the interested Parties, element that had not been present in earlier stages of the project.

Among the first actions, Loofah S.A. submitted all the documentation required to receive the remaining funds of the Technical Cooperation ATN/SF-8984-PR. After reviewing the documentation, the Bank determined that certain items of expenditure could not be considered eligible, either because of insurmountable deficiencies or because they were not relevant. As a result of the dialogue process, the Parties signed an Agreement that contemplated coverage of eligible expenses incurred by Loofah S.A. from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009. Signing of the Agreement marked the end of the Consultation Phase.

At the request of Loofah S.A., the Project Ombudsperson monitored compliance with the terms of the Agreement, confirming its fulfillment on September 30th 2011 with the final disbursement of funds to Loofah S.A.

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Steps and milestones Date Remarks Documents
Filing of Request


Request received by Executive Secretariat



February 10, 2010





Notice of registration of Request and transfer to the Consultation Phase



September 20, 2010



Eligibility for the Consultation Phase


Eligibility due date



October 8, 2010

(15 business days from date of transfer to the Consultation Phase)



Eligibility revised due date



November 4, 2010




Issuance of Eligibility Memorandum



December 16, 2010

The Eligibility Memorandum is published after it is distributed to the Board of Executive Directors.



Eligibility memorandum distributed to the Board of Executive Directors



September 28, 2011





Assessment due date



April 16, 2011

(120 calendar days from the date of issuance of the eligibility memorandum)



Issuance of Assessment Report



April 29, 2011

The Assessment Report is published after it is distributed to the Board of Executive Directors.



Assessment Report distributed to the Board of Executive Directors



May 13, 2011



Consultation Exercise


Beginning of the consultation exercise



May 2, 2011




Issuance of Consultation Phase Report



October 3, 2011

The Consultation Phase Report is published after it is distributed to the Board of Executive Directors.



Consultation Phase Report distributed to the Board of Executive Directors



November 3, 2011



Closing of the Consultation Phase


File transferred to the Executive Secretariat


October 14, 2011