China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to be operational by year-end

The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), in which India is a founding member, today said it would be operational by the end of this year.

The 57-member bank said that the Articles of Agreement (AoA) for the AIIB have been finalised and should be ready for signing by the end of June.

This comes after the conclusion of the '5th Chief Negotiators' Meeting on Establishing the AIIB', which was held here from May 20-22.

The meeting was chaired by Shi Yaobin, Vice Minister of the Chinese Ministry of Finance and Permanent Chair of the Chief Negotiators' Meeting, and Yee Ping Yi, Deputy Secretary of Singapore's Ministry of Finance.

Representatives from the 57 prospective founding members of the AIIB and Jin Liqun, Secretary General of the Multilateral Interim Secretariat on Establishing the AIIB, also attended the meeting which concluded discussions for the AIIB, said the bank.

During the meeting, Jin reported the progress to date in setting up the AIIB, and chief negotiators also discussed the draft Environmental and Social Framework and draft Procurement Policy Framework, among other topics.

Chief negotiators have held five rounds of meetings since the signing of the memorandum of understanding for establishing the AIIB in Beijing in October, 2014, said the bank.

The AIIB, which will be headquartered in Beijing, is expected to be officially established by the end of 2015.

The bank is designed to finance infrastructure construction in the continent. It will have authorised capital of USD 100 billion and the initial subscribed capital is expected to be around USD 50 billion.

The meeting concluded a day after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a USD 110 billion investment plan for infrastructure projects in Asia in an apparent move to counter the launch of the AIIB by rival China.

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