US finance corp to invest $54 mn in India’s infra fund

The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is in its final round of fundraising for development projects.

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US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) announced Monday that it will invest $54 million in equity for India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). The new equity is being pumped in to support the development of critical infrastructure projects in India.

DFC, a part of the US government established in 2019 through the passage of Trump’s Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act, said the equity supports Covid-19 pandemic-affected development. The financing fulfills government-owned NIIF’s final round of fundraising for the fund.

”DFC’s investment will support the growth and development of a key partner in the Indo-Pacific and allow DFC to facilitate investment in strategic infrastructure projects throughout India,” DFC Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler said. “DFC brings its commitment to high standards in all of our projects, and we are excited to establish this partnership with NIIF.”

“We are pleased to announce that NIIF has completed fundraising for its Master Fund,” said NIIF Chief Executive Officer Sujoy Bose. “We are excited at all that DFC brings to the table, including its high standards such as the Blue Dot Network and commitment to best practices with respect to transparency and management of environmental and social risks.”

NIIF will work to mobilize capital to support the beleaguered economic growth in India, especially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and address critical development challenges in the country.

DFC’s investment will help NIIF invest in infrastructure projects that are important for the long term sustainable growth of the Indian economy, supporting development and US foreign policy. Recently, DFC had announced a $15 million equity investment to help Freshtohome Foods Ltd expand its Bangalore, India-based e-commerce business that sells fresh fish, meat, and vegetables in major metropolitan cities in India. DFC also financed Rs 350 million ($4.76 million) to a local mortgage lender Aviom, which has created employment opportunities for thousands of women in India.

The finance corporation partners with the private sector and invests across sectors including energy, healthcare, critical infrastructure, and technology, and provides financing for small businesses and women entrepreneurs with the aim to create jobs in emerging markets.

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