"This is for the first time that a rupee denominated bond is being launched in the global market," the Economic Secretary Arvind Mayaram told a group of Indian reporters on Wednesday after the IFC -- a member of the World Bank Group -- announced to launch a USD 1 billion offshore rupee bond program which he described as a key step towards "process of internationalization of rupee bond market."
    
Mayaram said through this he expects that investors who have not yet come into India, to enter the Indian bond market. "This would be one of the ways in which we can channelize global savings towards investing in India, especially the infrastructure sector," Mayaram said on Wednesday.
    
Echoing Mayaram, Jingdong Hua, IFC vice president and treasurer described it as "internationalization of rupee", which he has have not heard this before.
    
"I as the IFC treasurer, looking at India, China and the US as the top three economies by 203, would like to offer Indian rupee as a currency of IFC as routine as US dollar," he said.
    
The USD 1 billion offshore rupee bond program is largest of its kind in offshore rupee market. Under the program IFC will issue rupee-linked bonds and use the proceeds to finance private sector investment in the country.
    
"It is a major development, as far as we are concerned in providing long term assured finance in several areas including infrastructure which is now looking for financing," Mayaram said in response to a question.
    
The IFC, he said, is raising the bond and would be providing long term loans to projects approved by it.

(Agencies)

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