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India, South Korea agree to more investments, fight protectionism

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is on a four-day official visit to the country

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Seoul 

Arun Jailtey
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the 5th Korea-India Financial Dialogue meeting in Seoul on June 14, 2017. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@arunjaitley)

and Korea on Wednesday decided to stimulate to push infrastructure development and bilateral trade as they sought to ward off threats of rising Finance Minister co-chaired the fifth India-Korea Financial Dialogue in Seoul on Wednesday with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister and reviewed the international economic situation, and economic ties.

The two countries also signed agreements to establish $9 billion in concessional credit and $1 billion in Official Development Assistance (ODA)  for infrastructure development projects in

"They agreed that in the face of uncertainty and the risk of rising protectionism, there was an urgent need for the two countries to increase efforts to stimulate investment flows, support for infrastructure development, and bilateral trade among others," a statement said.

Jaitley is on a four-day official visit to Korea. As the world's fastest growing major economy, offers Korea important opportunities to deploy its capital and technologies in

South Korea's interest in finding new openings to diversify its economic partnerships offers great opportunities, the statement added.

The signing of the credit and ODA agreement was to implement a decision taken during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to in May 2015.

"With this, Republic of Korea became one of the first non G-7 countries to become an ODA contributor in India," the statement added.

Both the ministers also agreed to consider deploying part of this fund towards the smart city projects in

"They also agreed to establish a mechanism at senior official levels, to identify good infrastructure projects in India, to draw upon these funds,' it said.

Earlier in the day, Jaitley met Korean Minister, Gen Han Min-koo and discussed the rapidly growing bilateral partnership.

"With the earlier signing of an Inter-Governmental Agreement on Strategic Partnership in Production, and the finalisation of a Make-in-Project to manufacture 155mm Self-Propelled 

Artillery Guns in India, the two Ministers expressed satisfaction at the rapid growth of ties since the last meeting of Ministers in April 2015," the statement added.

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