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Standard Chartered completes FIRST cross-border RMB loan in Tianjin Eco-City to Keppel’s joint venture company

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Standard Chartered completes FIRST cross-border RMB loan in Tianjin Eco-City to Keppel’s joint venture company

The Bank is the first foreign bank to complete cross-border RMB lending in Tianjin Eco-City

3 February 2015, Singapore & Shanghai, China Standard Chartered Bank (the Bank) today announced that it has completed a transaction to provide RMB50 million in cross-border RMB loans from its Singapore branch to Tianjin Eco-City Keppel New Energy Development Co.,Ltd (TEC-Keppel) based in Tianjin, China. This makes it the first foreign bank to have completed a cross-border RMB loan to a company in Tianjin Eco-City (TEC) under the new initiative that was announced by the People’s Bank of China in 2014 to allow eligible companies and individuals in the TEC to conduct cross-border RMB transactions with Singapore.

This is another first for the Bank, after it led the way last year as one of the first banks to launch cross-border RMB loans from Singapore to Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, China.

Standard Chartered Bank is providing the facility to TEC-Keppel, which is a joint venture company between Keppel DHCS Pte Ltd and Tianjin Eco-City Energy Investment and Construction Co., Ltd. TEC-Keppel was established in 2010 to provide district heating and cooling systems within the Eco-Business Park in the TEC.

Patrick Lee, Head of Corporate and Institutional Clients, Singapore, Standard Chartered Bank said:
“Standard Chartered has been playing an active role in encouraging the internationalisation of the RMB. The Bank pioneers RMB products and we are one of the leaders in the offshore RMB markets, offering RMB services to clients across 36 countries.

Between our teams in Singapore and China, we have worked extremely well to enhance the value that we bring to clients’ businesses in Singapore and China. The transaction with TEC-Keppel in Tianjin Eco-City is a great example. The transaction offers TEC-Keppel the opportunity to access offshore RMB liquidity more effectively and optimise funding structure as it continues to expand its business operations in China.

We believe this is only the beginning. This deal paves the way to more initiatives that can further widen the flow of two-way cross-border RMB transactions between China and Singapore, hence adding to the momentum of RMB internationalisation and the development of Singapore’s offshore RMB market.”

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For more information, please contact:

Lim Siow Joo
Corporate Affairs, Singapore
Standard Chartered Bank
DID: +65 6596 7759
Email: siow-joo.lim@sc.com

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