The BRICS grouping of five emerging economic powerhouses - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - Thursday will sign two pacts to promote
trade in their local currencies and are expected to endorse plans for a joint development bank that will raise their economic heft in the global
Two pacts for promoting intra-BRICS trade in national currencies of the BRICS countries will be signed in the presence of the leaders Thursday
The two agreements will enable credit facility in local currency for businesses of BRICS countries and allow development banks to extend lines of
credit to each other.
No target has been set for funds that will be available through this mechanism.
Chen Yuan, member of the board of governors of China's Development Bank, said Wednesday that the sum could be 'hundreds of millions/billions of
The pacts are expected to scale up intra-BRICS trade which has been growing at the rate of 28 percent over the last few years, but at $230 billion it
remains much below the potential of the five economic powerhouses.
Trade ministers from the five countries Wednesday discussed the two pacts as well as other initiatives for promoting intra-BRICS trade.
The trade ministers' recommendations will be presented to the leaders Thursday. They also agreed to make collective efforts to break the impasse on
Doha round of the Word Trade Organisation (WTO) talks and push forward developing countries' agenda at the G20 meet.
The leaders of BRICS countries are also expected to push for a BRICS Development Bank or South-South Bank and may set up a panel to study the
nitty-gritty of setting up such an institution which could emerge as a World Bank of developing countries, said informed sources.
'It's still very much a thought that needs to be developed. Experts have met but it will take time,' said Sudhir Vyas, secretary (economic affairs)
in the external affairs ministry.
The bank is expected to provide funds for infrastructure projects in developing countries and could also lend during global financial
The BRICS report on synergies and complementarities between the economies of the five countries, which will serve as a reference guide for promoting
trade and investment, will also be released in the presence of the leaders.
The report has been prepared by a multi-national group of experts led by Kaushik Basu, chief economic advisor to the Indian finance ministry.
BRIC is too promote the trade of local currency and have a joint bank . Funding local countries and themselves for their. THis willl prolly give an
alternative to IMF.. Looks like Dollar is gonna go down the drains weather you like it or not..