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16 July 2014

South Africa: Brics Development Bank to Be Based in Shanghai

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Shanghai Skyline, China.

The emerging-market bloc of BRICS on Tuesday announced plans that will see the envisaged Development Bank being based in Shanghai, China. Plans are also in progress for a Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA).

The five members of the group -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) - laid out the designs of the New Development Bank (NDB) and the CRA in a declaration released, following their sixth summit in the Brazilian city.

The NDB, to be headquartered in Shanghai, will have an initial authorised capital of 100 billion US Dollars, and its initial subscribed capital of 50 billion Dollars will be equally shared among founding members, according to the Fortaleza Declaration.

The five countries decided that the first chair of the Board of Governors shall be from Russia, the first chair of the Board of Directors from Brazil, and the first President of the bank from India.

They also agreed to set up an African regional centre of the NDB in South Africa, which will be established concurrently with the headquarters.

The bank, said the declaration, is aimed at "mobilising resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies".

"Based on sound banking principles, the NDB will strengthen the cooperation among our countries and will supplement the efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions for global development, thus contributing to our collective commitments for achieving the goal of strong, sustainable and balanced growth," read the document.

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