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South Korea govt, central bank to create 11t won fund to support banks exposed to restructuring

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South Korea's finance minister said on Wednesday the government and the Bank of Korea will create a 11 trillion won (S$12.8 billion) fund in order to support two state-run banks most exposed to the shipping and shipbuilding firms currently undergoing restructuring.

[SEOUL] South Korea's finance minister said on Wednesday the government and the Bank of Korea will create a 11 trillion won (S$12.8 billion) fund in order to support two state-run banks most exposed to the shipping and shipbuilding firms currently undergoing restructuring.

"The fund to support these banks with capital will be formed through a loan from the Bank of Korea and contribution from the government," Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho said in opening remarks for a meeting to discuss plans on the corporate restructuring.

"We are planning for the fund to later buy hybrid bonds from state-run banks."

The two state-run banks that will be capitalised are Korea Development Bank (KDB) and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Kexim).

Mr Yoo added the top three shipbuilders have also come up with a 8.4 trillion won plan to cope with difficult market conditions, which they see lasting for two to three years ahead.

REUTERS

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