India, Malaysia can now trade in Indian rupee
The Ministry of External Affairs announced on 1 April that India and Malaysia have agreed to settle trade in the Indian rupee.
An overview of the news
In July 2022, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allowed settlement of international trade in Indian currency.
This step has been taken only after this decision of the RBI.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs,trade between India and Malaysia can now be settled in Indian Rupee (INR) in addition to the existing methods of settlement in other currencies.
The RBI initiative is aimed at facilitating trade growth and supporting the interests of the global trading community in the Indian Rupee.
Kuala Lumpur-based India International Bank of Malaysia (IIBM) has introduced this system in India by opening a special Rupee Vostro account through Union Bank of India.
Vostro accounts are used to make payments in domestic currency.
What is a Vostro Account?
Vostro is a Latin word meaning "your", hence, Vostro Account means "your account".
Vostro account is defined as an account maintained by a correspondent bank on behalf of another bank.
For example HSBC's Vostro account is being handled by SBI in India.
A Vostro account is established to enable a foreign correspondent bank to act as an agent or provide services as an intermediary for a domestic bank.
Prime Minister - Anwar Ibrahim
Capital - Kuala Lumpur
Currency - Malaysian ringgit
Official Language - Malay
Official Religion - Islam
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