World Bank Picks Australia’s CBA to Deliver ‘World’s First Blockchain Bond’ on Ethereum

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), the country’s largest bank, has won a mandate from the World Bank to become the sole arranger of a bond exclusively created and managed on a blockchain. Dubbed ‘bond-I’ – Blockchain Offered New Debt Instrument- with a nod to Australia’s famous Bondi beach, the pioneering issue will be the ‘first bond globally to be created, allocated, transferred and managed using blockchain technology”, the World Bank said in a press release on Friday. Following its launch, the bond will be issued and managed on a…

Riyadh City Picks IBM to Integrate Blockchain in Government Services

The municipality of Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh has partnered IBM to facilitate government services and transactions on a blockchain. Under terms of the partnership, early blockchain-tech mover IBM will work with Elm Company, the municipality’s technology partner, to develop an implementation strategy to plug government transactions and commercial services to citizens and residents on a blockchain, ITP.net reports. The city administration, IBM and Elm will further sync with key government departments and private and semi-government sectors over a number of workshops to determine the services that can be transformed…