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World Bank Prices First CAD Sustainable Development Bond of 2022

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The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, Aaa/AAA) today priced a new 5-year CAD 1.5 billion benchmark that matures on January 19, 2027. The World Bank launched the Sustainable Development Bond while raising awareness for the World Bank’s strategy, projects and programs that focus on strengthening health systems and ongoing efforts to help member countries as they work to contain the spread and impact of COVID-19.

The 5-year benchmark transaction pays a semi-annual coupon of 1.800% p.a. and has an issue price of 99.829% and a final spread of 36.55 bps over the CAN 1.00% September 2026 reference bond, offering investors a yield of 1.836% (semi-annual). Joint lead managers for this transaction are BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Markets, RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities.

Jorge Familiar, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank, said “We are extremely pleased with our first Canadian dollar benchmark transaction of the new year and are grateful to investors for their support for the World Bank’s sustainable development activities, including ongoing efforts around strengthening health systems and work that helps contain the spread and impact of COVID-19. This work remains critical to supporting countries as they strengthen their pandemic response and social protection measures for the poor and vulnerable while supporting businesses and safeguarding jobs.”

Investor Distribution 

By Geography By Investor Type
Americas47%Central Banks/Official Institutions44%
Asia36%Asset Managers/Insurance/Pension Funds23%
Europe/Middle East/Africa17%Banks/BankTreasuries/Corporates     33%

Sean Hayes, Managing Director & Head, US Syndicate & Credit Sales, BMO Capital Markets, said, “For a fifth consecutive year, World Bank re-opens SSA Canadian dollar primary markets. Pricing CAD 1.5 billion in size, World Bank stands alone as the only international SSA borrower to achieve this large milestone, thanks to high quality Canadian domestic and international investor demand. The consistency of World Bank’s presence in Canadian dollar debt capital markets is what has driven the ongoing investor partnerships in support of World Bank’s sustainable development mission. Congrats to World Bank, BMO was pleased to be involved in this resounding success.”

Scott Graham, Managing Director, National Bank Financial Markets, said, “Once again, the World Bank demonstrated its leadership and commitment to the Canadian fixed income markets by executing the first Maple transaction of 2022. The transaction was met with overwhelming demand from investors around the world and resulted in a book in excess of CAD 1.75 billion. The large domestic and asset management participation is a sign the Canadian sustainable finance market continues to mature. NBF could not be any prouder to partner with the World Bank.”

Jigme Shingsar, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets, said, “World Bank has reopened the CAD market in style, and this will obviously provide a key benchmark for others to emulate. Investor demand for World Bank’s latest CAD Sustainable Development Bond was significant and diverse – most gratifying is the continued growth of the domestic investor base – a reward for all the hard work the funding team has done to develop the ESG investor base in Canada over many years.”

Laura O’Connor, Managing Director, Fixed Income Origination & Syndication, TD Securities, said, “We congratulate the World Bank for successfully opening the Maple market in 2022 with an impressive 5-year CAD 1.5 billion Sustainable Development Bond. The transaction was well timed against the backdrop of wider swap spreads, generating broad investor interest from the outset. The compelling relative value resulted in a final order book in excess of CAD 1.75 billion.TD was delighted to be involved in this stellar transaction from World Bank.”

Summary Terms:

Issuer:World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD)
Issuer rating:Aaa/AAA (Moody’s/S&P)
Amount:CAD 1,500,000,000
Settlement date:January 19, 2022
Maturity date:January 19, 2027
Issue price:99.829%
Issue yield:1.836% semi-annually
Coupon:1.800% per annum
Denomination:CAD 1,000
Listing:Luxembourg Stock Exchange
ISIN:CA459058KF93
Clearing system:CDS, Clearstream, Euroclear
Joint lead managers:BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Markets, RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities
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Blue Economy Offers Opportunities for Sustainable Growth in Tunisia

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With support from the World Bank, in June 2022, Tunisia launched its first report on the status of the blue economy. The report, titled in French “L’économie bleue en Tunisie: Opportunité pour un développement intégré et durable de la mer et des zones côtières” (The Blue Economy in Tunisia: An Opportunity for Integrated and Sustainable Development of the Sea and Coastal Areas), recommends initial guidelines for a national strategy in this area. Spearheaded by the Ministry of the Environment and the Secretariat General for Maritime Affairs, the report is the product of extensive consultation with stakeholders in the blue economy, including the public and private sectors, researchers, and various civil society organizations.

Tunisia has more than 1,300 km of coastline. Its coastal areas are home to 7.6 million people (more than 66% of its population) who depend heavily on coastal and marine resources for their livelihoods. The report identifies avenues for sustainable development of the blue economy through tourism, fishing and aquaculture, maritime transport, ocean-based renewable energy, marine biotechnology, and other activities.

The blue economy offers an opportunity for sustainable development and wealth creation for Tunisia through sustainable use of marine and coastal resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and healthy marine and coastal ecosystems,” said Alexandre Arrobbio, World Bank Country Manager for Tunisia. “I welcome the Government’s commitment to developing the blue economy in Tunisia as part of its next development plan,” he added.

The report identifies three strategic objectives: (i) promotion of economic growth of maritime activities (ii) social inclusion and gender equality, and (iii) sustainability of natural resources and ecosystem services. To achieve these objectives, five areas of intervention are proposed: establishment of institutional governance; promotion of resources and financing mechanisms; support for job creation, poverty alleviation, the inclusion of vulnerable groups, and gender mainstreaming; development of knowledge of marine and coastal capital; and strengthening of resilience to climate change.

Following the publication of this report, the Tunisian Government and the World Bank will continue their cooperation for the development of the blue economy in Tunisia. The World Bank has mobilized the PROBLUE Trust Fund to undertake the second phase of technical assistance, supporting a roadmap for the development of the blue economy in Tunisia. In the second phase of assistance to Tunisia, the Bank will conduct analyses and offer advice on institutional policies and promotion of public and private investment, in addition to providing support for strategic and operational dialogue with relevant stakeholders.

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Ray Dalio: Dollar-dominated global order is ‘fading away’

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With the dollar losing clout and the world dividing into competing currency and economic blocs, American investor Ray Dalio said it will be countries less vulnerable to global conflict like those in Southeast Asia that prosper in coming years.

Dalio, who founded the $150 billion U.S. hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, said that the current world order is changing in ways more similar to the time leading up to and during World War II than the post-war period. “We are seeing each country’s populism and nationalism growing in preparation for greater conflicts,” he said.

Dalio saw greater risk and consequences for a war today than during the Cold War, “because the Soviet Union was never a comparable power to the United States” economically. China has emerged as that economic rival, he said.

And then there is the matter of the dollar’s declining clout. The era of a “dollar-dominated world order” and a globalized economy was “fading away,” Dalio said. “We are now going to have the major powers and their allies form economic, currency, and military blocs.”

In addition to the U.S., Europe and Japan – both mature economies home to key currencies – “have run up very large debts and have developed a dependence on their central banks to print money to buy the government debts,” he said. The increase in debt monetization “will mean that holders of debt assets will get bad inflation-adjusted returns.”

He instead recommended investing in countries that have sound finances, have no serious internal conflicts, are less vulnerable to international war, and are continuing to innovate.

His list included members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations like Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as India and countries in the Saudi Arabia-led Gulf Cooperation Council.

Those desiring globalization will now look beyond the United States, China and Europe,” he said.

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All-In on AI: How Smart Companies Win Big With Artificial Intelligence

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Launching today, “All-In on AI” examines how extensive AI adoption offers a distinct competitive advantage to companies across a wide variety of industries. Widespread AI adoption is no longer merely the tech industry’s prerogative; small to midsize companies and legacy businesses older than Silicon Valley can also benefit by integrating AI into their business strategies. “All-In on AI” delves into real examples of such companies that have transformed their business models, products, processes, strategies, cultures and more by fully embracing AI.

With less than 1% of large companies using AI extensively, the book uncovers and outlines the untapped potential of AI in a quickly accelerating digital world. It draws on the experience of its authors: Tom Davenport, a renowned author, academic, and specialist in business innovation, analytics, and artificial intelligence; and Nitin Mittal, the AI innovation award-winning leader of Deloitte’s AI business, and principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP. By analyzing case studies and working with companies that have seen widespread AI integration transform their business, the authors thoroughly illustrate what it means to be “AI fueled,” from strategic archetypes for adoption to the human side, technology and data, capabilities, and industry use cases.

“All-In on AI” focuses on the transformative capabilities of aggressive AI adoption, rather than the experiments and narrow deployments that characterize most companies’ approaches. The “all in” approach to AI can help companies differentiate themselves from the competition. The book also calls for an assumption of augmentation, in which artificial intelligence and human capabilities can interact in business. It lays out what leaders will need to take into consideration when applying AI broadly across a company’s enterprises.

“At Deloitte, we determined that AI would play a major role in our organization’s future, and we have invested in embedding AI across our audit, tax, consulting and risk advisory businesses. Our commitment to becoming AI fueled means that our professionals and AI systems work closely and collaboratively, augmenting each other” said Jason Girzadas, Deloitte’s managing principal of businesses, global and strategic services. “’All-in on AI’ provides a roadmap for any business leader committed to transforming their business through the power of AI.”

“All-In on AI” will help readers learn:

  • How companies with an “all-in” approach to artificial intelligence can transform their business models, operations and customer relationships and differentiate themselves from non-AI powered counterparts.
  • Why company leadership and culture are fundamental for a successful AI-powered transformation.
  • How AI can enable new business strategies, process designs and products/services for innovation and growth.• How case-study companies have sustainably achieved AI integration at a large scale. 
  • How to develop ethical AI capabilities through transparency, fairness, reliability, privacy, safety, robustness and more.

Learn more about “All-In On AI” and purchase the book on the website.

About the authors
Tom Davenport is the president’s distinguished professor of information technology and management at Babson College, a visiting professor at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, a fellow of the MIT Initiative on the digital economy, and a senior advisor to Deloitte’s AI practice. He pioneered the concept of “competing on analytics” with his best-selling 2006 Harvard Business Review article (and his 2007 book by the same name). He has published over 20 books and over 300 articles for Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and many other publications. He writes columns for Forbes, MIT Sloan Management Review, and the Wall Street Journal. He has been named one of the world’s “Top 25 Consultants” by Consulting magazine, one of the top three business/technology analysts in the world by Optimize magazine, one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry by Ziff-Davis magazines, and one of the world’s top 50 business school professors by Fortune magazine. He’s also been a LinkedIn Top Voice for both the education and tech sectors.

Nitin Mittal is a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP. He currently serves as the U.S. artificial intelligence (AI) strategic growth offering leader. He is the 2019 recipient of the AI Innovator of the Year award at the AI Summit, New York. He specializes in advising clients to achieve competitive advantage through data and AI powered transformations that promote amplified intelligence and enable our clients to make strategic choices and transform ahead of disruption.
Throughout his career, Mittal has served as a trusted advisor on data, analytics and AI and has worked across a number of industry sectors. His primary focus has been working with life sciences and health care clients, implementing large scale data programs that promote organizational intelligence, and the use of advanced analytics and AI to drive insights and business strategy.

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