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Aiming to Strengthen Indian Currency Globally, RBI Allows PROIs to Open Rupee Accounts Outside India

In line with the 2024–25 plan for internationalization of the Indian currency, the RBI will allow persons residing outside of India (PROIs) to open rupee (INR) accounts outside of India.
Aiming to internationalize the national currency, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday permitted the opening of rupee accounts outside of the country.
Rationalization of various guidelines would be the key priority, with an emphasis on continual synchronization of the FEMA operating framework with the growing macroeconomic situation, the central bank stated in its annual report.

The RBI announced that it has completed a strategic action plan for 2024–2025, which includes plans to liberalize the framework for external commercial borrowing (ECBs) and “go live” for the first phase of the SPECTRA project—a software platform for ECBs and trade credits reporting and approval.
In line with the 2024–25 plan for internationalization of the Indian currency, the RBI will allow persons residing outside of India (PROIs) to open rupee (INR) accounts outside of India.

“INR lending by Indian banks to PROIs and enabling foreign direct investment (FDI) and portfolio investment through special accounts [special nonresident rupee (SNRR) and special rupee vostro account (SRVA),” the report said.

The agenda items for the current fiscal year also include rationalizing the Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS) and reviewing the IFSC regulations under FEMA.
The RBI study also stated that in order to facilitate the settlement of bilateral commerce in local currencies, restrictions were rationalized with the goal of encouraging the internationalization of the INR.
It stated that going forward, the foreign exchange operations would be directed by the goal of ensuring orderly changes in the rupee’s exchange rate, while the liquidity operations would remain in line with the attitude of the monetary policy.

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