The Hong Kong Monetary Authority Thursday unveiled its new facility for providing Renminbi (RMB) liquidity to authorized institutions participating in Renminbi business in Hong Kong.

The authority will, on requests from individual participating institutions, provide Renminbi term funds to them against eligible collateral acceptable to the authority from June 15.

The authority's Deputy Chief Executive Peter Pang said it will serve to address short-term liquidity tightness that may arise from time to time. For example, due to capital market activities or sudden need for Renminbi liquidity by participating authorized institutions' overseas bank customers.

This would help enhance market confidence and support the long-term development of the offshore market, he said.

The authority reiterated the facility should not be regarded as a steady source of funding for business.

The Ministry of Finance said Thursday it will issue 23 billion yuan (3.64 billion U.S. dollars) in yuan-denominated treasury bonds in Hong Kong in June as part of the central government's efforts to support Hong Kong's economy.

The issuance will be the fourth and largest of its kind in four consecutive years, following the sale of 6 billion yuan in yuan-denominated treasury bonds in 2009, 8 billion yuan in 2010 and 20 billion yuan in 2011.

The central government continued to expand the scale of yuan-denominated treasury bond issuances this year, showing its support for the prosperity of Hong Kong's economy and society, the ministry said in a statement.

The move will deepen fiscal and financial cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong, as well as boost infrastructure improvement and the development of the Hong Kong bond market, according to the statement.

Of the total, 15.5 billion yuan will be sold to institutional investors, with their maturities ranging from three, five or seven years to 10 or 15 years.

Meanwhile, 5.5 billion yuan will be targeted at individual investors with a maturity of two years, while 2 billion yuan will be issued to foreign central banks, the ministry noted.

The ministry first issued yuan-denominated treasury bonds in Hong Kong in September 2009, marking the first time for China's national debt to be sold outside the Chinese mainland.

Shayne Heffernan

Shayne Heffernan oversees the management of funds for institutions and high net worth individuals.

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