(Yicai Global) Feb. 11 -- An organization of institutional investors under the central bank has drafted new rules to further open up the country's bond market for foreign non-financial entities.
The National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors issued the Trial Guidelines on Overseas Non-financial Enterprise's Debt Financing Instruments to facilitate funding channels for overseas firms in China. The new rules are implemented immediately.
Forty-one offshore issuers have registered CNY383.2 billion (USD56.8 million) worth of yuan-denominated bonds, also called as Panda bonds, with the NAFMII as of the end of 2018. So far they have issued CNY165.6 billion worth of such notes in 87 offerings.
The number of issuers is growing and the group is diversifying, which has put forward higher demands for updated laws and regulations, the NAFMII said. "The association is committed to advancing the development of the Panda bond market into a market with transparent rules, efficient mechanisms and standardized processes," it added.
The Chinese interbank market is also opening up to overseas rating agencies. New York-headquartered S&P Global Ratings got the first green light from the Chinese government last month to form a wholly owned unit in China.
Editor: Emmi Laine