Continental bank issues Feed Africa bond

African Development Bank, which is rated AAA-rated by Moody’s/S&P/Fitch/Japan Credit Rating Agency, issued its second “Feed Africa” bond for 60 million Canadian Dollar (CAD), sold to Japan Post Insurance Co., Ltd.

The sole investor in the transaction, with Citigroup Global Markets Limited, is acting as the arranger and lead manager of the transaction. As part of its High 5 priorities, the Bank adopted a “Feed Africa” Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa 2016-2025, investing $24 billion over ten years to help end extreme poverty; eliminate malnutrition; end dependency on food imports, and move Africa to the top of the value chains in its areas of comparative advantage.

The Bank will make its best efforts to direct an amount equal to the net proceeds of the issue of notes to lending projects that aim to Feed Africa”, subject to and in accordance with its lending standards. Note proceeds will be included in the Bank’s ordinary capital resources and used for its general operations in accordance with the Agreement establishing the African Development Bank.

The African Development Bank Group is the premier development finance institution in Africa. Its mandate is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress on the continent to contribute to poverty reduction.

To do so, it mobilizes and allocates resources for investment in Africa, and provides policy advice and technical assistance to support development efforts. Eighty member countries comprising 54 African countries and 26 non-African countries subscribe to the Bank’s authorized capital of approximately $100 billion.

In 2015, the Bank developed a new strategic operational agenda, the High 5s, to accelerate the implementation of its Ten-Year Strategy 2013-2022: Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

The Japan Post Insurance Co., Ltd. began operations on October 1, 2007 as the life insurance company within the Japan Post Group of companies. This change followed the privatization of Japan Post and the creation of separate companies for its various businesses.

As a member of the Japan Post Group, Japan Post Insurance Co., Ltd. provides customers with reliable insurance services, serving individual clients through Japan Post Co., Ltd.’s nationwide network of post offices and corporate clients through sales offices directly managed by the company.