The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday allowed residents having a long-term foreign currency liability to enter into foreign currency-rupee swaps with multilateral or international financial institutions (MFI/IFI) in which the government of India is a shareholding member, subject to certain conditions.
RBI said that such swap transactions could be undertaken by the MFI/IFI concerned on a back-to-back basis with an authorised dealers (AD) Category-I bank in India. The tenure of such swaps should be at least three years, according to a notification issued by the central bank.
In the event of a default by the resident borrower on its swap obligations, the MFI/IFI concerned will have to bring in foreign currency funds to meet its corresponding liabilities to the counter-party AD Cat-I bank in India, the central bank said.
The AD Cat-I bank will have to report the FCY-INR swaps transactions entered into with the MFIs/IFIs on a back-to-back basis to CCIL reporting platform, including the details of the foreign currency borrower. Furthermore, the banks will have to bring the contents of this circular to the notice of their constituents and customers concerned.