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New Development Bank, EBRD affirm mutual goals, agree cooperation

By Svitlana  Pyrkalo

New Development Bank, EBRD affirm mutual goals, agree cooperation

Both NDB and EBRD support sustainable development in their regions of operations

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and New Development Bank agree on dialogue and cooperation at NDB Annual Meeting in New Delhi

The New Development Bank (NDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have agreed to collaborate and exchange information in recognition of their mutual goal to foster sustainable development and infrastructure in the emerging markets of their respective regions of operations.

A Memorandum of Understanding setting out a strategic framework for cooperation between the two development banks was signed on 1 April 2017 during the second Annual Meeting of the NDB in New Delhi, India, by the presidents of the two institutions, K.V.Kamath of the NDB and Suma Chakrabarti of the EBRD.

The two parties agree to maintain a continuous working relationship, including consultations on senior level, exchange of information and potentially staff swaps.

The EBRD and NDB already have an active exchange of knowledge and information since the creation of the New Development Bank in 2014.

The two institutions are some of the newest additions in the family of multilateral development finance.

The EBRD is a multilateral development bank set up in 1991 after the fall of the Berlin wall to foster the transition towards open market-oriented economies and to promote private and entrepreneurial initiative in emerging Europe. Since then, the Bank’s region of operations has grown to include more than 35 countries from Morocco to Mongolia and from Estonia to Egypt.

The New Development Bank was created with an objective of financing infrastructure and sustainable development projects in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and other emerging economies and developing countries. The Bank will complement the efforts of other financial institutions and establish a network of global, regional and local partnerships. In 2016, the Board of Directors of the NDB approved seven investment projects in the areas of green and renewable energy and transportation for a total of over US$ 1.5 billion.

EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti said: “The EBRD believes that the global development goals can only be met through joint efforts by multilateral banks, donors and the private sector. As one of the youngest and still growing development banks, the EBRD has always been eager to offer its expertise and support to new partners. With the NDB we share a vision not only of sustainable infrastructure, but also of green energy, which ultimately benefits the global economy. So I am very pleased to sign today’s agreement.”

“It is a pleasure to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the NDB and the EBRD that formalises and deepens our partnership. The EBRD has been working closely with the NDB during its establishment process,” said NDB President K.V. Kamath. “The Memorandum signed today further strengthens our cooperation, allows the NDB to tap into the expertise of the EBRD and strengthens the NDB’s capacity to assess and implement projects.”

“The NDB is striving to be closer to the needs of our members and to respond quickly and flexibly. We believe that in order to provide the best possible products and services to our members, partnerships with key national and global institutions are essential,” K.V.Kamath added. 

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