Skip to content

New Development Bank Financing of BRICS Nations Steps Up

The New Development Bank, founded by the BRICS nations in 2014-2015, and known also as the “BRICS bank,” boosted its lending to South Africa and Brazil in the first week of December.

The NDB issued its second bond offering in South Africa’s currency, the rand (abbreviated as ZAR), on Dec. 5, continuing the process of strengthening the bank’s ability to loan in local currency. This bond issuance, at 1.3 billion rand, was only slightly smaller in amount than the first such bond sale on Aug. 15 of 1.5 billion rand. The sums in dollar-equivalent are small (approximately $68 million in this week’s sale), but both exceeded the NDB’s goal of 1 billion ZAR in bonds. “The NDB is committed to delivering on its mandate of providing the option of local currency funding for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in its member countries,” NDB Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Leslie Maasdorp commented after the sale, and shows the Bank is “establish[ing] itself as a regular issuer in the local capital markets.”

The following day, NDB President Dilma Rousseff was back in Brazil, joining President Lula da Silva at the signing ceremony for two loans totaling $1.7 billion for Brazil’s National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES). BNDES has historically played a critical role in providing credit for the industrialization and development of Brazil’s physical economy, and President Lula da Silva is working to restore that historic role, after Wall Street and the City of London interests had reduced it, by and large, to a financial spigot for speculators plundering the nation’s producers, public and private.

This post is for paying subscribers only


Already have an account? Sign In