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South Korea, Malaysia renew bilateral currency swap agreement

Bank of Korea and Bank Negara Malaysia renewed their bilateral currency swap agreement for a period of three years.

The size of this arrangement was maintained at 5 trillion South Korean won, or 15 billion Malaysian ringgit, the same amount under the initial arrangement in October 2013, Bank of Korea said Jan. 25. The central banks have the option to extend the swap arrangement.

The arrangement aims to promote greater use of local currencies in settlement of trade.

As of Jan. 24, US$1 was equivalent to 1,164.19 South Korean won and 4.44 Malaysian ringgit.