China parliament ratifies BRICS Bank agreement

China parliament ratifies BRICS Bank agreement

BEIJING - Reuters
China parliament ratifies BRICS Bank agreement

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo prior to their meeting in Xian, Shaanxi province, China, Thursday, May 14, 2015. AP Photo

China's parliament ratified an agreement with the world's largest emerging nations on July 1 to create a new development bank, state news agency Xinhua reported. 

The New Development Bank, also known as the BRICS Bank, is one of two international development banks that China is promoting as an alternative to western institutions such as the World Bank. 

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's legislature, approved the agreement between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to create the bank, Xinhua said. 

China has pledged to contribute a total of $41 billion to the bank, giving it the largest voting right at 39.5 percent. 

The bank will have initial authorised capital of $100 billion, and its initial subscribed capital of $50 billion dollars will be equally shared among the founding members, Xinhua said. 

Last month, state media said that China would inject $10 billion into the bank once the Chinese parliament had ratified the agreement. Russia and India ratified the agreement in April. 

The bank, which will be headquartered in Shanghai, will first be led by an Indian, followed by a Brazilian and then a Russian. 

China has also led the creation of a new Asian development bank, known as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which counts among its 57 member countries nations such as Britain and Germany.