The revised interest rate will be applicable to all new and existing sub-loans under the programme.
The government constituted the fund with the Bangladesh Bank to support RMG factories through medium to long-term financing under the ‘Programme to Support Safety Retrofits and Environmental Upgrades in the Bangladeshi Ready-Made Garments Sector Project’ (SREUP). The project fund size is €50 million.
The Bangladesh Bank recently cut the interest rate on loans under a programme started in 2019 that offers funds to readymade garment (RMG) units to reinforce their safety system and improve environmental standards. The initial maximum annual interest rate of 7 per cent has now been reduced to 5 per cent, the central bank said in a notice.
The interest rate to be paid by participating financial institutions to the Bangladesh Bank was fixed at 2.5 per cent annually. Investment grants will be sanctioned on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, according to Bangladeshi media reports.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)