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New Delhi, May 27, 2020
Union Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman attended the Special Board of Governors meeting of the New Development Bank (NDB) through video conference here today.
The agenda included the election of next President of NDB, appointment of Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer and membership expansion.
In her opening remarks, the Finance Minister commended the contribution of NDB in funding infrastructure development, which has positively impacted the development agenda of the member countries, including India.
Within a short span of time, NDB has approved 55 projects of member countries for an amount of $16.6 billion, which is quite a remarkable achievement, she said.
Sitharaman also mentioned that the bank has successfully created a niche for itself and proudly stands shoulder to shoulder with the peer MDBs.
The Finance Minister commended outgoing NDB president K V Kamath for his stellar stewardship in quickly giving shape to the vision stated by the BRICS Leaders in 2014. The swift response to COVID-19 through the launch of the COVID-19 Emergency Programme Loan product will be remembered as one of his contributions, she said.
She congratulated newly-elected President Marcos Troyjo from Brazil and newly-appointed Vice President and CRO Anil Kishora from India. Sitharaman remarked that she has great expectations from the new leadership in continuing this momentum forward and taking NDB to the next level in terms of lending performance to members, transparency, international credibility and effectively achieving the NDB mandate.
She suggested that focus should also be given to achieve the twin objective of preserving BRICS values and growing NDB into a global development institution.