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New Delhi : Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley on February 27, 2018, said that India aspires for infrastructure creation not only in terms of conventional infrastructure but also rural infrastructure.

Delivering the inaugural address at a curtain raiser Ceremony for the 3rd annual meeting of Board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) here, Jaitley expressed hope that with each annual meeting, the activities, pipeline of projects and resources of the AIIB will expand. The Finance Minister added that Asia has conventionally suffered an infrastructure deficit. He said that Asia in terms of poverty alleviation, needs to grow faster to bring-up the standard of living of its people and bridge the infrastructure gap that exists, according to a PIB release.

Jaitley welcomed the President, AIIB, and his colleagues to India. On the achievements of the AIIB, Jaitley said that in less than 3 years of its existence, the Bank has started functioning fairly effectively. He said that with the benefit of hindsight, he was glad that India agreed to be a part of the AIIB and that India has been at the forefront of providing a pipeline of projects including many of which are under consideration.

Earlier, Jaitley together with Jin Liqun, President, AIIB.  inaugurated the Logo and Theme of 3rd AIIB annual meeting of Board of Governors scheduled to be held in Mumbai from June 25 to 26, 2018.

President of AIIB Jin Liqun, in his address, said that because of India’s second highest stake in the bank and its importance, there was no better place than India to hold the 3rd annual meeting of the Board of Governors of AIIB. He said that India plays a very important role in the running of the bank. He informed the gathering that priorities of AIIB were aligned with the goals of Government of India to build infrastructure to improve the quality of life of its people at large.

Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Subhash Chandra Garg, informed the gathering that a number of events have been lined-up till the annual Meeting of Board of Governors in Mumbai. Speaking about the AIIB, Garg said it was the first such institution floated by borrowers and that it has already 84 Members with India as the 2nd largest stakeholder. Headquartered in Beijing, AIIB began itsoperations in January 2016. 

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