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World Bank Group Announces Major Overhaul to Guarantee Business

The World Bank Group has unveiled a comprehensive overhaul of its guarantee business aimed at simplifying processes and boosting accessibility. 

The reforms, slated to commence on July 1st, 2024, are set to revolutionize the landscape of private sector investment in emerging markets and developing economies.

The initiative, spearheaded by the Private Sector Investment Lab, comes in response to identified barriers hindering renewable energy investment and the recommendations outlined in the G20 Independent Expert Group report on Strengthening Multilateral Development Banks. 

With the goal of tripling annual guarantee issuance to $20 billion by 2030, the World Bank Group is set to consolidate its guarantee offerings and streamline processes to provide a seamless and efficient experience for clients.

Key updates include the consolidation of guarantee experts under one roof, the compilation of all guarantee solutions into a single menu for easy selection, and the implementation of a common approach for guarantee reviews. Moreover, the overhaul will see increased investment in guarantee teams worldwide to enhance accessibility for private sector and country clients.

Ajay Banga, World Bank President, emphasized the critical role of the private sector in addressing global challenges and highlighted the importance of the new guarantee marketplace in facilitating faster access to guarantees for businesses.

Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, praised the initiative for its potential to mobilize financing to tackle climate and development crises. He underscored the need for a simplified suite of guarantees to address the constraints faced by the private sector.

Industry leaders also voiced their support for the overhaul, citing its potential to unlock sustainable investment and catalyze private finance for critical infrastructure projects across emerging markets and developing economies.

With endorsements from key stakeholders, including CEOs of leading financial institutions and members of the G20 Independent Expert Group, the World Bank Group’s guarantee business overhaul signifies a significant step forward in mobilizing private capital to drive sustainable development and combat climate change on a global scale.

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