Bilateral talks to follow Finance Ministry approval
NEW DELHI, DEC. 23:
The Commerce Ministry has finalized a list of 23 countries with which India can trade in local currencies to save precious foreign exchange and strengthen the rupee.
The list includes oil exporting nations such as Angola, Algeria, Nigeria, Oman, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Qatar, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Commerce Minister Anand Sharma is likely to approve shortly the report on currency swap finalised by a task-force headed by Special Secretary Rajiv Kher following which it will be discussed with the Finance Ministry, a Commerce Ministry official told Business Line.
A currency swap arrangement for trade basically involves trading in local currencies where countries pay for exports and imports with domestic currencies at pre-determined exchange rates instead of trading in US dollars.
Other countries on the list include Russia, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa and Thailand.
a sizeable trade deficit so that we end up saving foreign exchange,” “The 23 countries have been identified based on how feasible a currency swap arrangement for exports and imports would be with each. Our emphasis has been on countries with which India has the official said.
After the Finance Ministry’s approval, the Commerce Ministry will hold bilateral talks with the identified countries. “A currency swap deal will work only if it is a win-win for both countries. The trading partner should have sufficient trade and investment interest in India,” the official added.
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