BRICS NDB to Issue First Indian Rupee Bond Worth Up to $500 MLN in 1Q17
GOA (Sputnik) — The BRICS-created New Development Bank (NDB) intends to issue the first Indian rupee bond worth up to $500 million in the first quarter of 2017, NDB President Kundapur Vaman Kamath told Sputnik on Sunday.
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“We will do our first rupee bond issue, masala bond issue [a financial instrument allowing to raise funds from overseas in Indian rupee] in the first quarter of the coming year with the issue size of USD 250-500 mln. After India, it will be Russia and South Africa. India has the offshore market that is developed for rupee and we could tap into that,” Kamath said. © AP PHOTO/ ROLEX DELA PENA BRICS NDB, Chinese Gov’t Sign Agreement Setting Shanghai as Bank’s HQ According to Kamath, local currency financing is critical for the NDB development.
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“Our project pipeline is ready for local currency funding,” he said. In July, the NDB did its first bond issue in China in renminbi. The NDB was created in July 2014 by the BRICS member states — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — to mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects.