SBI raises additional USD 1 billion untied loan with JBIC
· The virtual signing ceremony event was held in the presence of Mr Dinesh Khara, Chairman (SBI) along with senior executives of SBI, Mr. Hayashi Nobumitsu, Deputy Governor (JBIC) and Mr. Ayukawa Kenichi, CEO & MD (Maruti Suzuki)
· The loan is in the form of refinance against the funding support provided to the manufacturers, suppliers and dealers of Japanese automobiles in India, whose business activities are recovering from reduced sales of automobiles due to the COVID-19
· The financing will assist in Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative
Country’s largest commercial bank, State Bank of India (SBI) has signed a loan agreement amounting to up to USD 1 billion with JBIC. SBI has signed a similar deal with JBIC in October 2020.
The loan is intended to promote smooth flow of funds for the whole range of business operations of Japanese automobile manufacturers in India.
JBIC is a policy-based financial institution, wholly owned by the Japanese government, with the objective of contributing to the sound development of Japan, the international economy and society.
On the occasion of signing the agreement, Mr Dinesh Khara, Chairman, SBI said “Covid 19 crisis has delivered a significant shock to global trade, disrupted production lines and depressed global demand. At a time when people are preferring personal mode of transport, this collaboration between SBI and JBIC will help the bank in extending loan facility to entire supply chain of Japanese automobile industry including suppliers, dealers and ultimately to the end users.”
Mr Ayukawa, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki said, “Maruti Suzuki is making efforts to balance between the environmental friendliness of our vehicles and our customer’s need. The special support for our environment friendly vehicles will accelerate Suzuki group’s initiative towards environmental care”.