Iran has been approved as a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
On Tuesday China’s Ministry of Finance said in a statement that Iran’s application was backed by other founding members of the Beijing-based bank.
IRNA reports: The bank which is initiatiated by China is still under formation and Iran is to act as a member of founding board of the bank.
57 countries have been seeking membership in the bank so far 35 countries have been approved to join it.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is an international financial institution proposed by the government of China. The purpose of the multilateral development bank is to provide finance to infrastructure projects in the Asia region.
AIIB is regarded by some as a rival for the IMF, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which are regarded as dominated by developed countries like the United States.
As of April 2, 2015, almost all Asian countries and most major countries outside Asia had joined the AIIB, except US, Japan (which dominated the ADB) and Canada. North Korea’s application was rejected.