According to the latest buzz, the World Bank has successfully issued the 2nd bout of its iconic blockchain bonds. Additional 50 million Australian dollars (worth about 33.8 million United States Dollars) have been raised by the Bank. It was accomplished through sales of the bond-i (debt instrument operated by blockchain), as per the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, widely referred to as CommBank.
The CommBank had jointly managed the sales with TD Securities and RBC Capital Markets. The CommBank said that existing, as well as new investors, took part in the endeavor. The global financial institution has furnished 160 million Australian dollars of those bonds, worth about 108 million USD, that run on the Ethereum blockchain’s private version.
Throwing more lights on the matter, the CommBank also stated that it’s the very first bond which is generated, allocated, transferred, as well as managed, via its lifecycle utilizing the DLT.
In the press release, the funding head at the World Bank, Andrea Dore, stated that they are happy seeing the strong, continuous support and partnership coming in from both partners and investors. Continuing further, Dore was quoted as saying,
The World Bank’s innovation and experience in the capital markets is key to working with our member countries to increase digitization to boost productivity in their economies and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sophie Gilder, the Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence head at CommBank, stated that now CBA has tangible proof from their first bond offerings utilizing the technology of blockchain and succeeding bond management, tap issue, and secondary trading through the very platform, that the technology of blockchain can provide a new standard of transparency, risk management abilities, and efficiency versus the present market infrastructure.
Gilder added that next, they want to offer more functionality for delivering increased efficiencies in custody, regulatory compliance, and settlement.
It is worth noting that the Blockchain Centre of Excellence by CommBank has created and developed the blockchain platform. The World Bank had first announced bond-i issuance one year ago that was worth 110 million Australian dollars (around 81 million USD). It was in May 2019 that the Bank, along with CommBank, started recording the secondary market bond trading utilizing the blockchain technology.