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Ex-Brics Bank Chief Kamath To Head India’s Infra Bank

Kamath’s appointment at the newly set up state-owned development finance institution comes at a time when India is looking to fund big infrastructure projects


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India's central bank last week raised its key interest rates by 50 basis points in an effort to cool persistently high inflation in Asia's third-largest economy. File photo: Reuters.

 

India on Wednesday appointed KV Kamath, former head of the Shanghai-based New Development Bank or Brics bank, as chairperson of the National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development.

Appointment of the former veteran at the newly set up state-owned development finance institution comes at a time when the government is looking to fund big infrastructure projects through its National Infrastructure Pipeline as the economy recovers from the Covid pandemic.

His selection was done in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India. Kamath was the first president of the New Development Bank, which he headed until last year. Before that he helmed ICICI Bank, one of India’s biggest private lenders, for 13 years. The private sector lender was set up as a development finance institution in 1955.

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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