Bangladesh inks $4.5 billion loan agreement with India

Bangladesh inks $4.5 billion loan agreement with India
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DHAKA: Bangladesh on Wednesday signed $4.5 billion third line of credit (LoC) agreement with India for its infrastructure and social sector development. 

The agreement was signed in the presence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and his Bangladeshi counterpart AMA Muhith after the two leaders held talks in Dhaka.

Economic Relations Division Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam signed the deal on behalf of Bangladesh, while Managing Director of the Export-Import Bank of India (Exim) David Rasquinha signed for India .

The new Indian line of credit, worth a staggering $4.5 billion, will be used to fund 17 major projects in Bangladesh, which include electricity, railroads, roads, shipping and ports.

As with previous LoC agreements, Bangladesh will pay an interest rate of 1 per cent a year. It will have 20 years to pay back the loans, with a grace period of five years. "Bangladesh has developed significantly on the socioeconomic front in the past seven years," Jaitley said following the signing of the deal.

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