IFC issues first rupiah-denominated offshore green bonds

Portraits of Indonesia’s first President Soekarno, left, and former Prime Minister Mohammad Hatta are displayed on a 100,000 rupiah banknote in an arranged photograph in Bangkok. (Bloomberg pic)

NUSA DUA: The International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s investment arm, said on Monday it has raised 2 trillion rupiah (RM545.3 million) in green bonds to help fund infrastructure and climate-related projects in Indonesia.

The bonds will be the first green offshore debt denominated in rupiah sold by a multilateral development bank, the IFC said in a statement.

“The bond allows us to mobilise international funding into Indonesia’s climate-friendly projects and we intend to replicate and scale up this model to address the country’s climate challenges,” said Nena Stoiljkovic, IFC vice president for Asia and the Pacific.

Previously, the IFC has issued green bonds in other emerging market currencies including Indian rupee, Chinese yuan and the Philippine peso. The lender sold 32 green bonds totalling US$1.8 billion (RM7.46 billion)in the fiscal year ended June 2018.

The IFC statement quoted John Lee Tin of JP Morgan, one of the sale’s underwriters, as saying the bonds were received “positively” by global investors.

“Given current volatility in emerging markets, the deal’s oversubscription represents a high level of success,” he said.

The bonds will be listed on stock exchanges in London and Singapore.

In February, Indonesia’s government became the first in Asia to issue global green bonds, selling US$1.25 billion in green sukuk.