India Gives $2bn to Bangladesh for Power, Transport, ICT and Health
[RBI Circular No. 76 dated 16 June 2016]
Sub: Exim Bank's GoI supported Line of Credit of USD 2 billion to the Government of the Peopleís Republic of Bangladesh
Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) has entered into an Agreement dated March 09, 2016 with the Government of the Peopleís Republic of Bangladesh, for making available to the latter, a Government of India supported Line of Credit (LOC) of USD 2 billion (USD Two billion) for financing various social and infrastructure development projects such as Power, Railways, Road Transportation, Information and Communication Technology, Shipping, Health and Technical Education Sectors in Bangladesh. The goods, machinery, equipment and services including consultancy services from India for exports under this agreement are those which are eligible for export under the Foreign Trade Policy of the Government of India and whose purchase may be agreed to be financed by the Exim Bank under this agreement. Out of the total credit by Exim Bank under this agreement, the goods and services including consultancy services of the value of at least 75% of the contract price shall be supplied by the seller from India and the remaining 25% goods and services (other than consultancy services) may be procured by the seller for the purpose of the eligible contract from outside India. Further in case of projects involving civil construction, the eligible goods upto the contract price supplied by the seller from India may be further reduced from 75% to 65% and further reduction can be considered on a case to case basis, provided the sourcing is not from a third country.
2. The credit agreement under the LOC is effective from May 27, 2016 and the date of execution of agreement is March 09, 2016. Under the LOC, the terminal utilization period is 48 months from scheduled completion date of contract in case of project export and 72 months from execution of the Credit Agreement in case of other supply contracts.
3. Shipments under the LOC will have to be declared on EDF/ SDF Forms as per instructions issued by the Reserve Bank from time to time.
4. No agency commission is payable under the above LOC. However, if required, the exporter may use his own resources or utilize balances in his Exchange Earnersí Foreign Currency Account for payment of commission in free foreign exchange. Authorized Dealer Category- l (AD Category-l) banks may allow such remittance after realization of full payment of contract value subject to compliance with the prevailing instructions for payment of agency commission.
5. AD Category-I banks may bring the contents of this circular to the notice of their exporter constituents and advise them to obtain full details of the Line of Credit from the Exim Bankís office at Centre One, Floor 21, World Trade Centre Complex, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400 005 or log on to www.eximbankindia.in.
6. The Directions contained in this circular have been issued under section 10(4) and 11(1) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999 (42 of 1999) and are without prejudice to permissions / approvals, if any, required under any other law.