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PRESS RELEASEJune 13, 2024

Canada Pledges US$200 Million to World Bank’s Hybrid Capital

Support for new products will expand lending headroom by tens of billions

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2024— Canada became the latest World Bank Group shareholder on Thursday to invest in hybrid capital, a financial product with special leveraging potential that expands the Bank’s lending capacity to help developing countries advance the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Canada pledged US$200 million to hybrid capital, which when leveraged will provide up to $1.6 billion in additional lending capacity over 10 years. Canada’s announcement follows a similar one in April, when a first group of 11 countries committed more than US$11 billion to hybrid capital and a new Portfolio Guarantee Platform. With Canada’s contribution, this funding could generate additional lending headroom of more than US$70 billion over 10 years.

Canada’s generosity will help finance critical development priorities such as the energy transition, stronger health systems, protecting biodiversity and much more. Our members are meeting the moment with critical resources to drive impact and build a sustainable future on a livable planet,” said Ajay Banga, World Bank Group President.

Canada joins Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom to make commitments to purchase hybrid capital, while Belgium, France, Japan, and the United States have pledged to the Portfolio Guarantee Platform.

Note to editors: Hybrid capital is a new subordinated debt instrument with unique leveraging potential, while the Portfolio Guarantee Platform provides a shared approach to risk that makes World Bank financing more readily available. These two products were created as part of a series of reforms recommended by the G20’s Independent Panel for Review of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) Capital Adequacy Frameworks (CAF). Another measure was adjusting the Bank’s loan-to equity ratio which expands financial capacity by US$40 billion over 10 years. Increasing the bilateral guarantee limit added US$10 billion more.





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