Islamic Development Bank and IFFIm announce plans to collaborate on private placement

Sukuk aims to build on Gulf Cooperation Council countries' support for Gavi programmes.

Abu Dhabi, 11 December 2018The International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) and the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB), a development partner of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, have announced plans for the IsDB to purchase a Sukuk issued by IFFIm, aimed at accelerating funding for immunisation efforts that save children’s lives in the world’s poorest countries, it was announced in Abu Dhabi today.

Scheduled for early 2019 and subject to final terms and conditions, the Sukuk, a certificate that complies with Islamic financing principles, will be issued by IFFIm and purchased on a privately placed basis by the IsDB as investor. The transaction is being arranged by First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB).

IFFIm sells Vaccine Bonds and Sukuk on international capital markets to accelerate the availability of funding for Gavi’s life-saving vaccine and health system strengthening programmes. The bonds and Sukuk are supported by legally-binding, long-term grant payments (approximately US$ 6.55 billion) from 10 sovereign donors. The World Bank is IFFIm’s Treasury Manager.

“Gavi is extremely fortunate to have the Islamic Development Bank’s help in giving some of the world’s poorest children access to live-saving vaccines they need to survive and thrive,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi. “Our cooperation around the Sukuk is a demonstration of IsDB’s commitment to Gavi’s mission.”

Since its inception in 2000 to the end 2017, the Vaccine Alliance has helped to immunise more than 288 million people in 33 Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states. Gavi’s financial support to these 33 member states totals more than US$ 6 billion as of 30 September 2018. This represents 50% of Gavi’s overall disbursements worldwide.

The IsDB’s mandate includes coordination and financing of the OIC General Secretariat’s engagement with the the World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant institutions around efforts to combat diseases and epidemics.

“Gavi’s tremendous impact, especially in OIC countries, fits naturally with the IsDB’s strong priority on public health investments,” said Dr. Bandar Hajjar, IsBD’s President. “That’s why we are pleased to support IFFIm’s upcoming Sukuk, which will extend our already-fruitful relationship with Gavi.”

The upcoming Sukuk will be the third for IFFIm in support of Gavi. The first, held in December 2014, raised $500 million, and a second, in September 2015, generated an additional $200 million.

“Our experience with the previous two Sukuk showed that there is immense enthusiasm among Islamic investors for Gavi’s important mission,” said Cyrus Ardalan, Chair of IFFIm’s Board of Directors. “IFFIm is a good fit for socially responsible and Islamic investors, providing both with an opportunity to invest in an area with a clear and significant social purpose – to save children’s lives.”

Andy Cairns, Senior Managing Director and Head of Global Corporate Finance at First Abu Dhabi Bank, commented that “FAB is honored to lead this third Vaccine Sukuk for IFFIm and to have bookrun both prior Vaccine Sukuk. Social responsibility is a cornerstone of Islamic finance, and we are delighted to play a role in facilitating this investment by IsDB, which is so important in helping children in need. FAB congratulates IFFIm and IsDB on this achievement.”

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have provided strong and growing support for Gavi’s work. At Gavi’s 2015 pledging conference in Berlin, GCC countries committed to a total of U$ 44 million. Also, Gavi has received funding from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (US$ 33 million) in 2011, OPEC Fund for International Development (US$ 1 million) and Majid Al Futtaim Finance (US$ 125,000) in 2013.

The announcement was made during Gavi's mid-term review, held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 10-11 December. The high-level conference is celebrating Gavi’s progress and impact in the world’s poorest countries. By the end of 2018, Gavi will have contributed to the immunisation of 700 million people and the prevention of more than 10 million future deaths. This has contributed to an acceleration in the decline of global under-five mortality rates and brought wider impact beyond immunisation.

As well as reviewing progress made since the last Gavi replenishment in Berlin in 2015, this conference is also an opportunity to shape Gavi’s future and help overcome the challenges preventing children from receiving the full course of recommended vaccines. Immunisation is a cost effective and high impact intervention that is core to primary health care and provides a robust platform to deliver better health for all.


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