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Expansion of Renminbi Trade Settlement Scheme

The People's Bank of China (PBoC), together with other relevant authorities in the Mainland, announced today (Tuesday) an expansion of the renminbi trade settlement scheme.

The renminbi trade settlement scheme, which was introduced in July 2009, has been expanded to cover 20 provinces and cities1 in the Mainland, and their trade transactions with any part of the world can be settled in renminbi. Any enterprises in the relevant Mainland provinces and cities can settle their merchandise imports, service trades and other current account transactions in renminbi, while an expanded list of eligible enterprises will be able to settle their merchandise exports in renminbi.

The Financial Secretary, Mr John Tsang, welcomed the announcement by the Mainland authorities, and said, "This is certainly good news to corporates and the banking industry in Hong Kong. With an expanded scope of trade transactions that can be settled in renminbi, corporates will be able to better manage any exchange rate risks associated with their operations. Meanwhile, our banks can also provide trade related services to customers not just in Hong Kong but also other parts of the world."

The Chief Executive of the HKMA, Mr Norman Chan, said, "The expansion of the renminbi trade settlement is bringing the development of Hong Kong's renminbi business to a new stage. With our established renminbi financial infrastructure and clearing arrangement, Hong Kong is well-positioned to serve the greater scope of renminbi financial intermediation activities. We look forward to working with the financial community in capturing the opportunities to the fullest extent."

For further enquiries, please contact:
Alice Lo, Communications Chief, at 2878 1480 or
Natalie Wu, Officer (Communications), at 2878 8246

Hong Kong Monetary Authority
22 June 2010

1Beijing, Tianjin, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Shandong, Hubei, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Yunnan, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Xizang and Xinjiang.

Last revision date: 1 August 2011
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