WASHINGTON, July 1, 2024 – Starting today, the World Bank Group (WBG) guarantee platform is open for business. The platform, housed at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), brings together products and experts from the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and MIGA for simplicity, efficiency, and speed. It aims to boost WBG annual guarantee issuance to $20 billion by 2030.

WBG Guarantees will serve as a one-stop-shop for all WBG guarantee business, providing the best guarantee solutions for clients to meet project needs and development priorities. WBG clients can now choose from a simplified market-friendly menu of guarantee options. The platform will provide three types of coverages: credit guarantees for loans to the public or private sector; trade finance guarantees for trade finance projects involving public entities; and political risk insurance against non-commercial risks for private sector projects or public-private partnerships.

MIGA is excited to host and begin the operationalization of the guarantee platform. This marks a pivotal moment in our commitment to sustainable economic development,” said Hiroshi Matano, MIGA Executive Vice President“We aim to leverage the World Bank Group’s collective expertise and knowledge of guarantee business to usher the WBG into a new era of partnership with the private sector, catalyzing foreign investment in emerging markets and developing economies.

A major priority during the WBG’s recent evolution process was enabling and catalyzing private capital flows, underscoring the effectiveness of guarantees. The G20 Independent Expert Group’s report on Strengthening Multilateral Development Banks called for expanded use of guarantees to mitigate risk and unlock private finance. And the Private Sector Investment Lab, launched by the WBG in June 2023 to identify barriers and solutions for private sector investment in emerging markets, provided specific guidance on using guarantee instruments.

The platform’s transformative solution is set to revolutionize the landscape of development financing, revitalizing the role of guarantees in development and aligning with the overall effort to mobilize private capital for development. It complements the World Bank’s country-level support in creating an environment supportive to private capital mobilization. This collaboration is supported by IFC’s advisory and financial instruments to enhance private sector engagement with country clients.

The new platform introduces a scalable model, prioritizing high-impact projects, thereby optimizing resource allocation, and facilitating growth. Leveraging the collective expertise of the WBG, the platform will drive impactful solutions across diverse sectors, including energy access, pandemic preparedness, and climate action. Through collaborative efforts and innovative financing systems, the platform is set to drive sustainable development and promote inclusive growth worldwide.

In fiscal year 2024, the World Bank Group issued approximately $10.3 billion in new guarantees using products that will be part of the platform: $8.2 billion from MIGA, $1.4 billion from IFC, and nearly $700 million from the World Bank.

About World Bank Group Guarantees

Initiated in 2024, World Bank Group Guarantees consolidates all guarantee products and experts from across the World Bank Group institutions at MIGA. It provides a simplified and comprehensive menu of guarantee solutions, enabling clients to select the instrument that best suits their needs. The platform streamlines processes, removes redundancies, and provides greater accessibility by de-risking investments in developing countries. Its goal is to boost the WBG’s annual guarantee issuance to $20 billion by 2030.

For more information about the guarantee platform, please visit: https://www.worldbank.org/wbgguarantees

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In Washington:  Elizabeth Howton, (202) 458-5922 or ehowton@worldbankgroup.org


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