RBI extends currency swap with SAARC countries till 2027

New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), with the approval of the Government of India, has introduced a revised Framework on Currency Swap Arrangement for SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries, covering the period from 2024 to 2027, said RBI on Thursday.

Under this new framework, the RBI will enter into bilateral swap agreements with the central banks of SAARC countries that wish to use the swap facility. The purpose of these agreements is to provide a safety net for short-term foreign exchange liquidity needs or balance of payment crises in SAARC countries until more permanent solutions are established.

A currency swap between two countries is an agreement or contract to exchange currencies with predetermined terms and conditions.

The SAARC Currency Swap Facility originally began on November 15, 2012. Its primary goal was to offer financial support for short-term foreign exchange requirements or balance of payment issues among SAARC nations.

The revised framework for 2024-2027 introduces a new INR Swap Window, which includes various concessions for swap support in Indian Rupees. The total amount available under this facility is Rs 250 billion. This move aims to enhance financial cooperation among SAARC countries by providing them with easier access to Indian Rupees.

In addition to the INR Swap Window, the RBI will also continue to offer swap arrangements in US Dollars and Euros through a separate US Dollar/Euro Swap Window. The overall amount available under this facility is USD 2 billion. This ensures that SAARC countries have access to multiple currencies for their short-term financial needs.

The Currency Swap Facility is available to all SAARC member countries, provided they sign the bilateral swap agreements with the RBI. This framework is designed to strengthen economic ties and provide financial stability within the SAARC region, helping member countries manage their foreign exchange needs more effectively. (ANI)


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