1000 GMT August 12, 2022
Xian Zhu, the NDB’s chief operating officer, said that the bank was targeting an overall 70-30 split between sovereign and non-sovereign loans in its project portfolio, and was seeing strong demand for private sector loans especially in Brazil, South Africa and Russia, Reuters wrote.
The Shanghai-based bank approved six new projects which brought its loan portfolio up to over $5.1 billion across 21 projects. Two of these were non-sovereign loans, which are issued to companies without a government guarantee.
“In India and China, there’s very strong demand for sovereign. But on the other hand, some other countries for different reasons they probably prefer more non-sovereign lending,” he said.
“Some countries they still have some sort of fiscal difficulties. Secondly, the debt sustainability is a concern. They don’t want to borrow too much in sovereign terms. So they prefer you do more market transactions.”
The bank’s first non-sovereign project was a $200 million loan to Brazil’s Petrobras for an environmental protection scheme and the second a $200 million loan to South Africa’s Transnet to reconstruct a port in Durban.
Xian said that there was a gap in the market for them to fill as they were willing to make long-term loans with tenures of at least 10 years.
The NDB is seen as the first major achievement of the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — since they joined forces in 2009 to press for a bigger say in the global financial order created by Western powers after World War Two.