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Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 18:03
China implements reserve ratio cuts for small, medium banks
By Xinhua
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 18:03 By Xinhua

The headquarters and head office of the People's Bank of China in Beijing, Nov 15, 2018. (PHOTO / IC VIA CHINADAILY.COM.CN)

BEIJING - China started to apply a low reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for some small and medium-sized banks from Wednesday, according to the central bank.

A total of about 1,000 county-level rural commercial banks will enjoy a favorable RRR of 8 percent, unleashing long-term capital of about 280 billion yuan

The People's Bank of China unleashed about 100 billion yuan (US$14.6 billion) of long-term capital Wednesday in the first of its three phases to implement the RRR cuts.

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According to the bank's previous statement, a total of about 1,000 county-level rural commercial banks will enjoy a favorable RRR of 8 percent, unleashing long-term capital of about 280 billion yuan, which would be used as loans to private as well as micro and small enterprises.

The favorable ratio will apply to the rural commercial banks that only operate in its county-level administrative area, or those banks that have branches in other county-level administrative areas but only have asset size within 10 billion yuan.

The move followed a State Council decision in April to establish a policy framework for applying a fairly low RRR for small and medium-sized banks in a bid to lower financing costs for micro and small enterprises.  

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