Saturday, December 26, 2015
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Formally Established (New Rival To The World Bank)
“The AIIB is legally established as the Articles of Agreement take effect today,” Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei was quoted by the Xinhua news agency as saying.
The bank will become fully operational after its board of directors and executive council meet at an opening ceremony scheduled for January 16-18, Xinhua has quoted the minister as saying in a report that was also covered by Sputnik news.
The AIIB is a China-proposed international financial institution created to invest in infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific region. In October 2014, the Articles of Agreement establishing the bank were signed by 21 states.
By mid-year, the agreement had been signed by 50 founding members in the financial organization. So far, 17 members have ratified the agreement.
Authorities have said that the bank aims to provide financial facilities for a chain of development projects including the construction of dams, ports, power plants and telecommunications networks across Asia.