Blockchain is the technology underlying cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. It has a broad range of applications. It creates a record of transactions with a digital audit trail that's visible to all authorised parties.
CommBank has been exploring potential applications of blockchain technology for three years. It's completed more than 20 blockchain pilots across a range of industries in collaboration with clients, fintechs, banks and government.
The launch of bond-i formed part of World Bank’s broader strategic focus to harness the potential of disruptive technologies across all of its operations to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
The World Bank issues between US$50-US$60 billion annually in bonds for sustainable development as part of its mandate to reduce poverty and promote lasting development.
The platform utilises blockchain technology for issuance including launch, book build, allocation and the management of bond holdings throughout the bond lifecycle. It features:
The creation of the world's first blockchain bond demonstrated that blockchain can bring a number of potential benefits:
Automation – Smart contracts to apply rules then automate and streamline processes
Efficiency – Reduced administrative overhead and management/storage of paper due to electronic reconciliation
Transparency – Improved price transparency and real time visibility on activity for investors and issuers
Security – Replicated and synchronised full data set to provide protection from cyber threats
Risk mitigation – Greater operational risk control and visibility
Productivity – Reduction in low-value operations activity
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