‘Brics joint forex action not discussed’

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BRICSGroupPic Reuters. (L-R) Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma join their hands at a group photo session during the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza July 15, 2014. Leaders of these five countries are holding an annual summit in Brazil this week where they are expected to sign a deal creating a $100 billion development bank and a currency reserve fund of the same amount.

Fortaleza, Brazil - The five Brics countries have not discussed coordinated forex intervention in global markets, but it is an idea “worth thinking about,” India's central bank deputy governor Urjit Patel told Reuters on Tuesday.

The leaders of the five top emerging market economies agreed on Tuesday on a landmark deal to create a $100 billion development bank and a reserves fund of the same size to challenge Western dominance over global finances.

While the Brics nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - have begun to flex their muscles on the world economic stage, they have yet to achieve the policy coordination of leading industrialised nations in the G7.

Asked if the Brics could at some point jointly intervene in forex markets to ease turbulence, Patel said it “is a point worth thinking about, but it has not been discussed.”

Patel said the new fund, known as the Contingent Reserves Arrangement or CRA, could include non-BRICS nations.

The CRA, designed to help members deal with balance of payment problems, will “provide an extra bit of comfort” to emerging nations, he added.

“I think is an important signal that Brics countries are willing to take the lead in changing the way we think about the financial architecture of the world,” said Patel on the sidelines of the Brics summit in the coastal city of Fortaleza.

The two new institutions are the first major achievement of the Brics countries since they started working together in 2009 to press for a bigger say in the global financial order created by Western powers and centred on the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Patel said he does not expect quick ratification by the US Congress of reforms to the IMF that would increase the weight of emerging nations in the global lender.

Emerging nations have discussed delinking the quotas from the governance reforms to facilitate its passage.

However, he said India does not support that approach and wants complete approval of the reforms package.

“India's position is that we are not in favour of delinking because then you lose the momentum for fundamental change that is required in these institutions,” he said. - Reuters


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