IFC, Amundi Create $2bn Green-Bond Fund For Emerging Markets

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and Amundi, a leading European Asset Manager, have agreed to create the largest green-bond fund dedicated to emerging markets a $2 billion initiative that aims to deepen local capital markets and expand financing for climate investments. This was disclosed to newsmen at the ongoing Spring Meetings of the World Bank, in Washington, United States of America.
The global market for green bonds has expanded rapidly in recent years-totaling more than $100 billion in 2016. But a huge gap persists; few banks in developing countries have issued such bonds.
IFC and Amundi expect the new fund to encourage more local financial institutions to issue green bonds by increasing global demand and building local markets. Together, through a donor-funded investment support facility led by IFC, they will work with local financial institutions to strengthen their capacity to issue green bonds, providing training and sharing international best practices with them.
IFC will invest up to $325 million in the new Green Cornerstone Bond Fund, which will buy green bonds issued by banks in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Amundi will raise the rest of the $2 billion from institutional investors worldwide and will provide its services in managing emerging-market debt. The fund aims to be fully invested in green bonds within seven years.
Amundi was selected through a comprehensive and competitive process.
The fund is the first product of a joint venture between IFC and Amundi aimed at developing green finance in emerging markets.

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