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Cuba hosts Russian-led bank meeting

Cuba hosts Russian-led bank meeting
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CUBA STANDARD — Joining a Russian-led effort, Cuba hosted a two-day
meeting of the International Bank (IIB).

Surging amid the conflict in Ukraine, the IIB is an apparent attempt by
Russia to revive some of the influence the Soviet Union enjoyed in
Eastern Europe and elsewhere during Cold War times. IIB intends to be a
“modern multilateral financial institution” that fosters development of
its member states.

Founded in 1970 by the member states of the former Council for Mutual
Economic Assistance (CMEA), Russia revived the institution beginning in
2012. In rapid succession over the past eight weeks, IIB was joined by
members Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic,
as well as Mongolia, and Cuba. The Russian Federation, which
controls 58%, is the main shareholder.

While contributions from member countries are designed to be the main
source of capital, IIB placed a bond issue in April, amid difficult
market conditions. The euro is the bank’s balance-sheet currency.

IIB has funded several projects in Mongolia and eastern Europe.
According to IIB Vice Chairman Denis Ivanov, the bank is planned to have
a loan portfolio of euro 350 million (US$442 million) by the end of this
year, and reach up to euro 1 billion ($1.38 billion) by the end of 2017.
As of April, IIB was analyzing five new projects.

Source: “Cuba hosts Russian-led bank meeting « Cuba Standard, your best
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