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Reserve Bank to promote rupee as preferred currency for global trade

August 09, 2022

Reserve Bank to promote rupee as preferred currency for global trade
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has taken steps to promote rupee as the preferred currency for global trade in order to promote exports. Last month, RBI asked banks to put in place additional arrangements for export and import transactions in Indian rupees in view of increasing interest of the global trading community in the domestic currency.

“RBI has put in place the arrangement for invoicing, payment, and settlement of exports/imports in INR in order to promote growth of global trade with emphasis on exports from India and to support the increasing interest of global trading community in INR,” she said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

According to the minister, the central bank has put in place the arrangement in order to promote growth of global trade by reducing the dependence on hard currency, with emphasis on exports from India and to support the increasing interest of global trading community in INR.

The framework allowing invoicing and payments for international trade in INR is applicable for any partner country seeking to undertake trade with India in INR in terms of RBI circular.

As per the RBI circular, the approval process is that for opening of Special INR Vostro accounts, banks of partner countries may approach Authorised Dealer (AD) banks in India which may seek approval from RBI with details of the arrangement.

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