Exim Bank today said it would refinance USD 500 million in loans given by commercial banks for their technology upgrade to boost lending to export- oriented small businesses.
"We have taken an approval to launch the scheme about a month back and will make it operational before the end of the fiscal," Exim Bank Chairman and Managing Director TCA Ranganathan said.
He said banks can aggregate their portfolios devoted to technology upgrade by export-oriented SMEs in the manufacturing sector and get it refinanced from the Exim Bank.
The tenor of the loan can be up to seven years, Ranganathan said, adding, this will help banks take care of potential asset liability mismatches.
Exim Bank will raise the resources required to operationalise the refinance facility, he said, adding the final rates for banks will be subject to market conditions.
When asked about the benefit to the borrowers and if this would help reduce the interest rates, he said the finer details of the scheme are being worked out.
Apart from this, the bank is also contemplating to launch a similar refinance facility for short-term loans, which will fulfil the working capital requirements of SMEs, Ranganathan said, adding the facility will be of loans of up to one year. The bank is yet to work out a detailed contours of the offering, he said.