SBI Raises $1 Bn Loan To Help Covid-Hit Japanese Auto Cos In India

The financing will assist in the 'Make in India' initiative as well

SBI Raises $1 Bn Loan To Help Covid-Hit Japanese Auto Cos In India
SBI Raises $1 Bn Loan To Help Covid-Hit Japanese Auto Cos In India
PTI - 31 March 2021

The country's largest lender SBI on Wednesday said it has raised an additional $1 billion (around Rs 7,350 crore) loan from Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) to help Covid-hit Japanese manufacturers, suppliers, and dealers of Japanese automobiles in India.

In October 2020, SBI had signed an agreement to raise a loan of $1 billion and the latest borrowing takes the total quantum of loans raised from JBIC to $2 billion, SBI said in a statement.

It is intended to promote a smooth flow of funds for the whole range of business operations of Japanese automobile manufacturers in India, the statement said.

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, it said.

“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 the entire supply chain of Japanese automobile industry including suppliers, dealers and ultimately to the end users,” SBI Chairman Dinesh Khara said.

A slew of Japanese companies dominate the Indian auto sector, including Maruti Suzuki, Toyota Kirloskar, and Honda.

A virtual agreement signing ceremony was held in the presence of Khara, senior executives of SBI, JBIC's deputy governor Hayashi Nobumitsu, and Maruti Suzuki's chief executive and managing director Ayukawa Kenichi, it said.

The financing will assist in the 'Make in India' initiative as well, the statement said.

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