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Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a loan agreement with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Banco Centroamericano de Integraci ‘ Econ ‘ mica – BCIE), offering to BCIE a dual currency credit line, denominated in yen and US dollars, for an aggregate amount equivalent to up to US$100mn. This will be co-financed with private financial institutions.
The credit line will support exports by Japanese firms to the Central American region by providing loans via BCIE to regional public bodies and private businesses in BCIE member countries when they import machinery and equipment from Japanese firms. 
Central American countries, where economic growth has been relatively stable in recent years, have been making various efforts to achieve sustainable economic development in the region, including the signing of free trade agreements with the US and the preparation of a regional development programme. Thus there is potential in increasing capital investment opportunities in the region.