Date
21 November 2018
People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang said private firms, which account for 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product and 80 percent of urban jobs, remain cash-starved. Photo: Bloomberg
People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang said private firms, which account for 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product and 80 percent of urban jobs, remain cash-starved. Photo: Bloomberg

China to step up funding support for private firms

China’s central bank will step up funding support for private firms, including developing an equity financing tool, amid a slowing economy, Reuters reports, citing its governor Yi Gang.

China’s overall liquidity is ample but more effort is needed to channel cash to private firms and other parts of the economy where support is needed, Yi told the state-owned Economic Daily in an interview on Tuesday.

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has pumped out a net 2.3 trillion yuan (US$332.60 billion) in liquidity this year by cutting banks’ reserve requirements four times, after offsetting maturing medium-term lending facility loans, Yi said.

But private firms, which account for 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and 80 percent of urban jobs, remain cash-starved, he said.

“The problem of financing difficulties for private enterprises is particularly prominent, mainly because financial institutions’ risk-taking capacity is falling and they are unwilling to take risks,” Yi said.

The PBoC will use a policy mix of “three arrows” to boost bank loans, debt and equity financing for private firms, he said.

The central bank will expand a recently launched scheme to promote private firms’ bond issuance, with 30 of them gearing up for issuing debt, he added.

Three firms had raised 1.9 billion yuan under the scheme, an instrument to promote equity financing for private firms, he added.

The PBOC is also studying plans to promote equity financing for private firms, Yi said, adding that it is working with fund managers, brokerages and commercial banks on the initiative.

Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday China will not resort to strong monetary stimulus, but instead it will take targeted policy steps to support private companies and smaller businesses.

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