SHANGHAI: The New Development Bank (NDB) floated by the BRICS nations, including India, to step up infrastructure funding in the emerging economies formally started its operations at its headquarters here today.
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong and the bank’s President K V Kamath attended the opening ceremony held in a hotel in Shanghai.
Kamath, 67, will be the bank’s President for the first five years.
BRICS economies — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — launched the multi-billion dollar development bank at the 7th BRICS summit held in the Russian city of Ufa on July 8 amid efforts to finance infrastructure projects, mainly in member countries.
The NDB will have initial capital of USD 50 billion, which will be expanded to USD 100 billion within the next couple of years.
The NDB was conceived as a counterbalance to Western-led financial institutions like the World Bank and the IMF by providing funding for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries. Each nation will have an equal say in the bank’s management, regardless of GDP size, according its officials.
The NDB is also backed by the China-floated $50 billion Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in which India and 56 other countries have joined.