June 29, 2015 / 1:31 AM / 2 years ago

China finance minister: confident AIIB can start functioning before year end

China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei listens to a question at China Development Forum, in Beijing March 22, 2015.Jason Lee

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said on Monday he was confident the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) could start functioning before the end of the year.

Lou was speaking at a ceremony in Beijing at which delegates from 57 countries will sign articles of agreement on the founding of the China-backed AIIB.

Reporting by Koh Gui Qing; Writing by John Ruwitch; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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