Bangladesh and South Korea have signed two agreements for over $3 billion loan for implementing mega projects in Bangladesh during the 2023-2027 period.
Under the Letter of Understanding (LoU) and Cooperation Arrangement (C/A), South Korea will provide $3 billion as a soft loan through the Economic Development Promotion Facility (EDPF).
At the same time, Md Shahriar Kader Siddiky, additional secretary of the Economic Relations Division and Tae-soo Kim, executive director of South Korea Exim Bank, also signed the financial cooperation agreement.
The interest rate of the loan agreement of each project will be 1 percent with a 30-year repayment period, including a seven-year grace period.
The management fee would be 0.4 percent, and contractors will be appointed through international bidding.
South Korea has been providing soft loans through their development partner South Korea Exim Bank for the development of socio-economic, infrastructure and ICT sectors in Bangladesh since 1993.
So far, 16 projects worth $619.78 million have been completed with South Korea's assistance and seven more worth $616.28 million are ongoing.