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Saudi Arabia in talks to join the BRICS bank, probably in this month's summit in South Africa

Thursday, August 3rd 2023 - 10:00 UTC
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“In the Middle East, we attach great importance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and are currently engaged in a qualified dialogue with them,” the NDB “In the Middle East, we attach great importance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and are currently engaged in a qualified dialogue with them,” the NDB

The New Development Bank (NDB), also known as the “BRICS bank,” is in talks with Saudi Arabia on admitting Riyahd as its ninth member, which would strengthen the NDB's funding options amid the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, according to media reports.

“In the Middle East, we attach great importance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and are currently engaged in a qualified dialogue with them,” the NDB said in a statement, reported by the Financial Times.

The NDB was established in 2015 to mobilize resources for infrastructure development and sustainable development projects in the BRICS countries and other emerging economies, according to China's Foreign Ministry.

The BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - represent 25% of global GDP. They're the founding members, while the UAE, Uruguay, Bangladesh and Egypt were the first batch of new members of the NDB.

Since the NDB's establishment, the bank has approved more than 90 projects with loans totaling US$ 32 billion, reported in October 2022.

Experts noted that Saudi Arabia's potential accession to the NDB will further enhance the capability of BRICS nations to hedge against risks amid the sweeping global wave of de-dollarization.

The NDB has a major role to prevent financial crises in BRICS countries and will be more efficient in crisis assistance, Pan Helin, joint director of the Research Center for Digital Economics and Financial Innovation affiliated with Zhejiang University's Business School, was quoted.

Pan added that Saudi Arabia is in stable financial condition with a relatively small risk potential, so its inclusion in the NDB would enhance the financial strength of the BRICS fund pool, while elevating the nations' capability for crisis management and response.

The latest yield on NDB bonds was 5.1%, 100 basis points higher than the likes of the World Bank, according to a report from Modern Diplomacy, which also noted that Saudi Arabia's potential inclusion in the NDB will accelerate the economic diversification and development of the nation and reduce its dependence on Western blocs.

Saudi Arabia has been reportedly seeking to join the BRICS, which will be discussed by the members at the summit in August, domestic outlet guancha.cn reported.

Zhu Jie, a professor at Fudan University, said that Saudi Arabia can start by applying to join the NDB first before joining the BRICS, adding that the NDB has a strong will to expand its membership, and the conditions in all aspects are relatively available, according to media reports.

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