Japan lends 242.2 billion yen to India


Japan perpetratedĀ an official development assistance (ODA) loan of 242.2 billion Japanese yen (around Rs.14,251 crore) to India, said the finance ministry.

“Japan has committed loan of an amount of 242.2 billion Japanese yen, at exchange rate of Re.1 equals 1.70 Japanese yen,” the finance ministry said in a release. It added that the latest ODA loan takes the total assistance to 390 billion Japanese yen in FY16, which is the highest amount committed in a year.

“The notes were exchanged between department of economic affairs and ambassador of Japan to India,” minister said.

The assistance loan has been committed for strengthening transmission system project in Madhya Pradesh, Odisha integrated sanitation improvement project, a dedicated freight corridor project, northeast road network connectivity improvement project, and Jharkhand horticulture intensification project.

In the last few years, the economic cooperation between India and Japan has strengthened into strategic partnership.

“India and Japan have had mutually beneficial economic development cooperation since 1958. With general political consensus and popular support for the greater cooperation between Indian and Japan, the partnership is poised for a great future,” the statement said.