External Commercial Borrowings Policy -RBI relaxes ECB norms for hotels, hospitals and software cos-August 2010

May 11, 2010: At present, entities in the services sectors viz., Hotels, Hospitals and Software are allowed to avail of ECB up to USD 100 million per financial year under the Automatic Route, for foreign currency and/or Rupee capital expenditure for permissible end-uses.

On a review, Reserve Bank of India has decided to consider applications from the corporates in the Hotel, Hospital and Software sectors to avail of ECB beyond USD 100 million under the Approval Route, for foreign currency and / or Rupee capital expenditure for permissible end-uses. The proceeds of the ECB should not be used for acquisition of land.

The modifications to the ECB guidelines will come into force with immediate effect. All other norms of the extant ECB policy relating to eligible borrower, recognized lender, end-use, all-in-cost ceiling, average maturity period, prepayment, refinancing of existing ECB and reporting arrangements would continue to apply in the case of ECBs availed of by the aforesaid sectors under the Automatic Route as indicated above.

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