Malaysia, S Korea sign S$5.8 bn currency swap deal

Malaysia, S Korea sign S$5.8 bn currency swap deal
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SEOUL - South Korea and Malaysia on Sunday signed a currency swap agreement worth $4.7 billion, Seoul's central bank said, in a move to encourage bilateral trade and help curb currency swings.

The latest agreement allows the two Asian nations to purchase and repurchase each other's currency of up to 5 trillion won (S$5.8 billion), or 15 billion ringgit, the central Bank of Korea said in a statement.

The deal - valid for three years and renewable upon agreement - will allow greater flexibility for businesses to use local currencies for trades that have been commonly settled in US dollars, the two countries' central banks said in a joint statement.

The latest agreement is the third currency swap deal South Korea has signed this month in a move to guard against financial turmoil and encourage trade with other emerging markets.

Asia's fourth-largest economy earlier this month struck currency swap deals worth $10 billion and $5.4 billion with Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, respectively.

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