Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor attends a question-and -answer session at the Legislative Council on Sept 8, 2021. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)
The Shenzhen government is expected to issue offshore renminbi bonds in Hong Kong next month, which will make it the first municipal government on the Chinese mainland to do so, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Wednesday.
Earlier, the financial authorities of Guangdong and Shenzhen announced on Aug 24 that they will issue offshore bonds in Hong Kong and Macao this year, marking the first direct offshore debt sales by domestic local governments. According to the plan, Shenzhen will sell up to 5 billion yuan (US$774 million) of bonds in Hong Kong.
Finance is an important aspect of Hong Kong-Shenzhen cooperation, and such cooperation is expected to move to a higher level, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said
Finance is an important aspect of Hong Kong-Shenzhen cooperation, and such cooperation is expected to move to a higher level, Lam said.
The city’s top official made the remarks during a question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council where she responded to lawmaker Christopher Cheung Wah-fung’s question on how the Hong Kong government could align its financial services policies with that of national development.
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Lam said Hong Kong should equip itself to play the role of an international financial center, the positioning given to it by the central government.
Responding to views that Hong Kong might not benefit from the national policies and could face greater competition, Lam said the central government has attached great importance to Hong Kong’s status as an international financial center and will strive to maintain its role.
While noting that the central government will launch more measures in the future, she said Hong Kong should also make efforts itself to achieve greater development by making good use of its strengths and adopting more favorable policies.
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