BIS Announces Plans to Launch Asian Green Bond Fund

The fund will help channel central bank reserves to green projects in Asia Pacific, complementing two other green bond funds already launched by the bank.

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has announced the development of an Asian green bond fund, in collaboration with the development financing community, to channel global central bank reserves to green projects in the Asia Pacific region.

In consultation with global central banks, the fund will be designed to provide a pipeline for central banks to invest in high-quality bonds issued by sovereigns, supranationals, and corporates that comply with strict international green standards.

The fund will work closely with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other development financial institutions as well as other issuers.

“This initiative to connect the central banking community with the development financing community represents a concrete contribution in our collective efforts to combat climate change in the Asia-Pacific, a region that not only has the largest need for green infrastructure investments, but also is among the most vulnerable if actions to combat climate change are not taken urgently,” BIS General Manager Agustín Carstens said.

The BIS Asian green bond fund will be launched in early 2022 and will complement two green bond funds already launched by the BIS over the past two years, one denominated in dollars and one in euros.

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