Brazil defaults on BRICS bank agreement after Congress blocks payment

PUBLISHED: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 00:25:29 GMT
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BRASILIA, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Brazil’s economy ministry on Tuesday said it had defaulted on its penultimate capital installment to the New Development Bank (NDB) because the payment had not been authorized by Congress.

The NBD was established by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, a group of emerging economies known as the BRICS. Brazil in 2015 agreed to pay its contribution to capitalize the bank in seven installments.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Economy said it forwarded requests for budget allocations to Congress multiple times to make the payment. Though lawmakers approved the funding, they have decided to allocate the money elsewhere, the ministry said.

The settlement period for the installment expired Sunday, it said.

Brazil’s two outstanding installments total $350 million, the ministry said. (Reporting by Gabriel Ponte; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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