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Chinese bank sets up $ 200 mn fund for investing in Indian MSMEs

PTI Beijing | Updated on November 13, 2018 Published on November 13, 2018

The Indian unit of China’s largest bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has set up $ 200 million fund for investing in the promising Indian micro, small and medium enterprises and ventures, its official said here.

Zheng Bin, CEO of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) India, on Monday gave an overview of Indian start-up ecosystem and how to invest in them at the 2nd ‘Start-up India’ Investment Seminar organised by the Indian Embassy here.

“He also informed that the ICBC India has established a $ 200 million fund for investing in the promising Indian micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and ventures,” the Indian Embassy said in a statement on Tuesday. The ICBC, a top state-run Chinese bank which is the country’s largest lender by market value, has opened its branch in Mumbai in 2011.

More than 350 Chinese mostly representing Chinese Venture Capital (VC) funds, angel investors participated in the seminar. The event was planned to expose the Chinese VCs and investors to the promising Indian start-ups on one hand and help Indian start-ups to reach out to the huge Chinese investors community for receiving investment for growth of their companies, it said.

Addressing the event Acqino Vimal, Deputy Chief of Mission said Chinese investors should take part in the development process of India growth story through investing in Indian start-ups. He said India’s young demography, rapid economic growth and fast pace urbanisation and its challenges work as hotbed for growth of Indian entrepreneurs and start-up ecosystem, as well as provide them opportunity for offering unique, innovative, and affordable solutions for these challenges.

During the seminar, a report “India — China: Start-ups & Beyond” by KPMG giving detailed account of Indian start-up ecosystem and why it is right place for making venture investments, was unveiled.

Published on November 13, 2018
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