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World Bank receives $11bn fund for new financial instruments

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WASHINGTON: The World Bank has secured endorsements totalling $11 billion for new financial instruments designed to enhance lending capacity and address shared global challenges. According to a World Bank statement, 11 countries have pledged commitments for the Portfolio Guarantee Platform, hybrid capital mechanism, and the new Liveable Planet Fund.

The World Bank Group's leveraging capability allows pledged resources to be multiplied six to eight times over a decade, potentially reaching up to tenfold under certain conditions. These pledged resources could provide up to $70 billion in urgently needed funds to tackle cross-border challenges and advance development goals.

"We've worked hard to develop these new financial instruments that boost our lending capacity, multiply donor funds, and ultimately allow us to improve the lives of more people," said Ajay Banga, President of the World Bank Group.

He further added, "The generosity of these countries is an endorsement of the progress we've made in reforming the Bank. It's also a sign of their shared commitment to global development."

Eleven countries, including Belgium, France, Japan, and the United States, have pledged to the Portfolio Guarantee Platform, while Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom have committed to hybrid capital. Japan has also committed to providing the initial contribution to the new Liveable Planet Fund. The mutual contribution by countries underscores the importance of international cooperation in addressing environmental challenges.

The World Bank Group has implemented a series of reforms and developed innovative financial instruments as part of the Capital Adequacy Framework review, recommended by the G20 Expert Group. These reforms include adjusting the loan-to-equity ratio, increasing bilateral guarantee limits, maximising callable capital benefits, introducing hybrid capital, and developing the Portfolio Guarantee Platform and Liveable Planet Fund.

Additionally, the World Bank Group has taken steps to develop IBRD 50-year loans at no additional cost for borrowers and reduce interest rates for projects addressing global challenges, partially funded through the Liveable Planet Fund.

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