New Development Bank and European Investment Bank Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Structure Future Cooperation
New Delhi – New Development Bank and European Investment Bank signed today Memorandum of Understanding to structure future cooperation between the two institutions. The MoU was signed by Mr. K.V. Kamath, the President of the NDB and Mr. Werner Hoyer, the President of EIB on the sidelines of the NDB Second Annual Meeting in New Delhi, India.
According to the MoU, the NDB and EIB intend to explore cooperation in the areas of infrastructure, environment, and sustainable development projects in accordance with their respective mandates and policies. The two banks will seek to co-finance projects of mutual interest in eligible countries, including projects that contribute to the enhancing of sustainable infrastructure as well as engage in other initiatives.
“I am pleased to sign this Memorandum of Understanding together with EIB President Mr. Werner Hoyer. We greatly appreciate the support offered by EIB during the formation stage of NDB and look forward to further advancing our cooperation,” said Mr. K.V. Kamath, President NDB. “The MoU structures our cooperation and lays the groundwork for working together for many years ahead. Collaboration between NDB and EIB will improve the ability of both banks to meet the expectations of their respective member states,” he added.
“Establishing partnerships with key national and global institutions is essential for NDB in order to provide the best possible products and services to our members. We will strive to make a positive difference by complementing the efforts of other multilateral development banks, including EIB,” said Mr. K.V.Kamath.
“Strengthened cooperation, enhanced knowledge sharing and stronger institutional and operational collaboration between leading international financial institutions is crucial to develop synergies and more effectively unlock new investment that improves people’s lives and transforms economic opportunities. The European Investment Bank and New Development Bank have worked closely during the formation stage of the NDB and we look forward to building on this track record to jointly back transformational infrastructure around the world. As the EU Bank, we share the New Development Bank’s commitment to support sustainable development and climate related investment. We look forward to enhancing this partnership in the years ahead,” highlighted Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank.
The New Development Bank was created with an objective of financing infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies and developing countries. The Bank will complement the efforts of other financial institutions and establish a network of global, regional and local partnerships with multilateral and national development banks as well as other institutions and market players.
The NDB Second Annual Meeting is held in New Delhi, India. At the meeting, the management of the Bank provided an update on its work. In 2016, the Board of Directors of the Bank approved loans involving financial assistance of over USD 1.5 bln for projects in the areas of green and renewable energy, and transportation. All projects are coherent with the Bank’s mandate of supporting infrastructure and sustainable development projects. The approved projects will support the creation of about 1500 MW of renewable energy capacity and are estimated to result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by over 4 million tons per year.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals.