India second largest shareholder in China-led AIIB, hopes for infra boost

Moving beyond the construction of rivalry between the two Asian giants, India has emerged as the second largest shareholder in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which is expected to provide development finance to Asia’s third largest economy which needs at least $1 trillion to bolster its infrastructure.

The 60-article agreement specifies structure and policy-making mechanism, as well as its member’s shares in the bank. The AIIB will have authorized capital of $100 billion, with Asian countries contributing up to 75 per cent of the total capital.

The delegates from 50 member countries gathered at the majestic Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 29 to sign an agreement, providing the legal framework for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which is seen as a rival to the world’s major financial institutions, including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

Seven more countries are due to sign by the end of the year. For India, its ambassador to China Ashok Kantha signed the document.

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