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Annual ICMA and JSDA Joint Conference: Developments in the green and social bond markets – the Asian perspective
 
Date and Venue

Date:
 29 November 2018
Time: 
09.30-19.00

Venue: Hotel New Otani, Tokyo

Overview

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA) have announced the date of their second joint conference on Developments in Green and Social Bond markets. The 2018 conference, which looks at these fast growing markets from an Asian perspective, will take place in Tokyo on 29 November.
 
Global issuance of green bonds reached a record $156 billion in 2017, with increasing participation the market from sovereign and corporate borrowers. Issuance has started strongly in 2018 with borrowers from Asia coming to the market.

Similarly, in the social bond market, used to raise capital for projects which address specific social issues, for example access to basic infrastructure, services, employment and housing, issuance rose from $2.1bn in 2016 to $8.8bn in 2017. Both markets are supported by widely accepted voluntary guidelines on transparency and disclosure for issuers, the Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles, managed by ICMA.

In Japan, the issuance of these bonds is still limited compared to the scale of economy and market, but is expected to steadily increase as awareness of ESG grows.

The Tokyo conference will bring together issuers, underwriters, investors, policymakers, market infrastructure and service providers who are active in the Asian green and social bond markets to review recent developments in Asia including government regulatory initiatives and to consider what is needed to encourage further issuance and mainstreaming in these markets.

Admission: Open to all interested financial market participants free of charge. Registrations will open in June 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Anne Cooke.