India has a massive infrastructure programme and will decide on which of the projects under it could be referred to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) for funding, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, on Saturday.
He made the remarks ahead of the crucial AIIB Board of Governors meeting which he attended.
The Beijing-based AIIB was officially established last year, with authorised capital of USD 100 billion in which India and 56 other countries joined as founding members.
China is the largest shareholder with 26.06% voting shares. India is the second largest shareholder with 7. 5% , followed by Russia 5.93% and Germany with 4.5%.
On Friday, the bank announced its first set of four loans totalling to over USD 509 million for infrastructure projects in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Tajikistan.
Speaking to the Chinese state-run CCTV ahead of the meeting, Jaitley said that India, which has undertaken a massive infrastructure development programme, will decide on which of the projects that should be referred for AIIB funding, depending on the availability of finances.
“India has a massive infrastructure programme which is going on,” he said.
“It covers railways, airport, sea ports, water supply, sewage, smart city creation, more urbanisation,” Jaitley, who is on a five-day visit to China, said.
“Depending on the kind of finances which are available we would like to see which one of these projects, (or) some of them could be financed by the AIIB,” Jaitley said.
“These are parallel institutions which are developing, because of the need for development finance,” he said,.
While the Beijing-based AIIB is headed by former Assistant Chinese Finance Minister Jin Liqun, D J Pandian from India is the vice-president and Chief Investment Officer.
In his address to the opening session of meeting, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said AIIB should forge close partnerships with the World Bank, Asia Development Bank and others in extending financial assistance to infrastructure projects.
It is crucial for the AIIB to comply with multilateral agency procedures and rules, Zhang added.
Jin said while the bank cleared four loans on Friday, “we expect to bring additional projects to the board in the second half of the year and are working on the pipeline for 2017”.
He presented a detailed report on the implementation of the 2016 Business Plan and Budget.