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Hong Kong Monetary Authority welcomes the issue of RMB sovereign bonds by the Central Government in Hong Kong

The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Ministry of Finance announced today (June 14) that the Central Government will issue renminbi sovereign bonds totaling RMB23 billion in Hong Kong.  

     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) welcomes the Central Government's fourth issuance of offshore renminbi sovereign bonds in Hong Kong, since the first issue in 2009.  The institutional tranche of the issuance, totaling RMB15.5 billion, will continue to be issued through the bond tendering platform of the Central Moneymarkets Unit (CMU) of the HKMA.  The Central Government also announced a new channel of issuance, totaling RMB2 billion, for central banks and monetary authorities outside Mainland China to invest in renminbi sovereign bonds through placement.  In this regard, the HKMA will establish a new "HKMA CMU Central Bank Placement Co-ordinating Window" for central banks to subscribe the bonds.  Bonds issued through this window will bear the same coupon rate as the successful tenders of the same tenor.   

     Peter Pang, Deputy Chief Executive of HKMA, said, "The HKMA is delighted to continue to provide the tendering platform for the issuance of offshore renminbi sovereign bonds. The establishment of the new HKMA CMU Central Bank Placement Co-ordinating Window will further promote the development of Hong Kong's renminbi bond market by expanding the investor base to include central banks and monetary authorities, and consolidate the role of Hong Kong as the global hub for offshore renminbi business."

Ends/Thursday, June 14, 2012
Issued at HKT 19:31


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