Govt okays South Korea pact for $9 bn export credit
The Cabinet on Wednesday approved signing of an initial pact with South Korea for export credit facility of USD 9 billion for infrastructural development in India.
The MoU is proposed to be signed between the Export- Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) and Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) during the forthcoming visit of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to Korea during June 14-15, 2017 for the Annual Financial Bilateral Dialogue, an official statement said. The decision is expected to promote the country s international exports, and deepen political and financial ties between India and Korea, it added.
According to the statement, 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 in India, and for the supply of goods and services from India and Korea as part of projects in third countries.
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, the statement said, adding "for projects in third countries, both parties will jointly identify viable projects."
The statement said it is understood from EXIM Bank that the USD 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).
Noting that 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 statement said 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.
... Approves India-Cyprus merchant shipping deal
The Cabinet on Wednesday gave ex-post facto approval to the agreement signed in April between India and Cyprus on merchant shipping, aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two nations for sea trade development.
"The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the agreement between India and Cyprus on merchant shipping, which was signed in April 2017," the Ministry of Shipping said in a statement. The agreement in merchant shipping will pave the way for cooperation in eliminating any hindrances which may hamper the development of sea trade between the two nations, it said.
The pact will encourage participation in the transport of goods between the countries and also from third countries.
The MoU further seeks to enhance cooperation for employment, improvement of conditions of work and for the welfare of seafarers employed on each other's vessels.