The international lender is planning to issue what it says is the world’s first global blockchain bond, a notable mainstream endorsement of the emerging technology. Blockchain is best known as the technology underpinning bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It serves as a digital record of financial transactions.
The World Bank has hired Commonwealth Bank of Australia (the bond, which is expected to raise as much as 100 million Australian dollars ($73 million).) to manage
The World Bank follows German automaker Daimler, which used blockchain technology to issue a type of German bond in a pilot project last year.
The technology could hugely streamline the process of issuing bonds, which has been heavily reliant on physical paperwork for the past 200 years, according to James Wall, a senior institutional banking executive at Commonwealth Bank.
Moving the process to the blockchain could cut costs and speed up trading for both bond issuers and investors.
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