EXIM Bank to sign $9-b export credit pact with South Korean counterpart

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 12, 2018

Decision seen to help infrastructure development, promote bilateral ties

The Union Cabinet has approved the proposed MoU between Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) and Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) for export credit of $9 billion for infrastructural development in India and for the supply of goods and services as part of projects in third countries.

The MoU is proposed to be signed between the two Exim Banks during the forthcoming visit of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to Seoul on June 14-15 for the Annual Financial Bilateral Dialogue.

The decision is expected to promote the country’s exports, and deepen political and financial ties between India and Korea, an official release said.

The export credit will be utilised through lending by EXIM Bank for promoting projects for priority sectors, including smart cities, railways, power generation and transmission etc.

Implementation strategy

Under the implementation strategy, the parties to the MoU will hold mutual consultations to structure the financial assistance, review the existing arrangements and related procedures.

EXIM Bank will identify viable projects in India. For projects in third countries, both parties will jointly identify viable projects.

It is understood from EXIM Bank that $9 billion would be extended by KEXIM by way of investment credit (typically export credit facility to finance projects with a certain level of Korean import content and interest rates as per OECD export credit guidelines).

This amount may also be utilised by KEXIM as the financier without the participation of EXIM Bank subject to satisfaction of the purpose.

Additional avenue

The supply of goods and services from India and Korea as part of projects in third countries will be an additional avenue which this MoU will enable, the release added.

It will help in exchanging mutual experience, sharing information on financing export and import operations, project assessment and knowledge generated in respective fields of activities.

Published on June 07, 2017

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