The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today announced new digital finance and capital market initiatives to expand its financial cooperation with China.
The initiatives were discussed at the 19th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) in Tianjin, which was co-chaired by Lawrence Wong, Singapore deputy prime minister and minister for finance, and Ding Xuexiang, People’s Republic of China executive vice premier of the State Council.
The initiatives are:
• Cross-border E-CNY pilot between China and Singapore - Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on digital finance cooperation in 2020 between MAS and the Digital Currency Research Institute, People’s Bank of China (PBCDCI), MAS and PBCDCI are embarking on a pilot that will allow travellers from both countries to use e-CNY for tourism spending in Singapore and China. This will enhance convenience for travellers when making purchases during their overseas travel.
• Launch of the exchange traded funds (ETF) product link between the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) - Building on the successful launch of the ETF product link between SGX and Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) at the 18th JCBC in 2022, SGX and SSE signed an MOU in May 2023 to establish an ETF product link. On 1 December 2023, CSOP1 Huatai-Pinebridge SSE Dividend Index ETF and the CSOP iEdge Southeast Asia+ TECH Index ETF were launched on SGX and SSE respectively as the first product pairing under the new ETF product link. This successful launch opens up greater collaboration opportunities between fund managers in both markets, and improves investors’ access to ETF products in each other’s markets.
• Signing of MOU between SGX and Guangzhou Futures Exchange (GFEX) - SGX and GFEX2 have signed an MOU to collaborate on information exchange, mutual visits and training, and joint research on products and business areas relating to green development.
Singapore’s local banks and China’s UnionPay International have also embarked on early-stage feasibility discussions on a potential remittance linkage between Singapore’s PayNow and UnionPay pursuant to each jurisdiction’s laws and regulations. Such a linkage could facilitate secure, convenient and cost-effective cross-border payments and remittances between the two countries.
Following the establishment of the China-Singapore Green Finance Task Force (GFTF) at the 18th JCBC last year to deepen bilateral cooperation in green and transition finance, the GFTF held its inaugural meeting in April 2023. Under the GFTF, MAS and the People’s Bank of China are working on key initiatives, including a green corridor for green and transition financing products, as well as capacity building.
Leong Sing Chiong, deputy managing director for markets and development, MAS, said: “It has been a fruitful year of financial cooperation between Singapore and China. MAS welcomes the new initiatives in digital finance and capital markets connectivity, as these will catalyse new financial flows between our financial centres, and deepen trade and economic relations between our economies.”
Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker