BRICS bank grants more than $ 1 billion COVID-19 assistance loan to China – The New Indian Express
BEIJING: New BRICS Development Bank (NDB) on Tuesday approved an additional 7 billion yuan (about $ 1.08 billion) in emergency aid loan to support China’s economic recovery after COVID pandemic -19.
This is the second emergency loan for the same amount approved by the NDB to help China fight the pandemic.
The previous 7 billion yuan loan was approved and paid in 2020. The Shanghai-based bank also fully disbursed a $ 1 billion loan to India as part of an emergency aid program. ‘last year, to help the government contain the COVID-19 epidemic and reduce the number of people, social and economic losses.
The latest loan to China will support the restoration of production activities, stabilize employment and promote sustainable economic development, according to a statement from the bank.
India took over the rotating presidency of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) this year and is expected to host the annual five-member bloc summit.
In April 2020, the bank set up a mechanism to offer emergency assistance program loans to its member countries, helping them fight the pandemic.
It has so far approved seven anti-virus-related emergency loans, totaling around $ 7 billion.
NDB is a multilateral development bank founded in 2014 by BRICS member countries to support infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS countries and other emerging economies. It officially opened on July 21, 2015 in the eastern Chinese metropolis, Shanghai.