February 02, 2023 01:07 GMT
MNI China Press Digest Feb 2: IPO Rules, Xi, Lending Quotas
MNI picks key stories from today's China press
Highlights from Chinese press reports on Thursday:
- China issued a draft rule to ease regulations for initial public offerings in a bid to liberalise the stock market to broaden access to capital, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said in a statement late Wednesday. A registration-based IPO system would mean an end to vetting of planned share sales by regulators, while it would expedite the listing process and allow more freedom in setting prices. Trading rules on the boards will also be modified, with no daily limits for the first five trading days but with a cap of 10% on both sides starting on the sixth day. The new system will be implemented at all stock exchanges in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen. The CSRC is soliciting public opinions until February 16.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping called for enhanced efforts to boost demand while deepening supply-side reforms in order to promote a broader domestic economic cycle, according to a Xinhua News Agency report about a recent meeting chaired by the President. China should work to expand demand for consumption, investment, as well as finance, Xi pointed out, urging accelerating the pace of achieving self-reliance in science and technology. He said China should strive to become the world’s major scientific and innovation centre as quickly as possible. China will guide the healthy use of capital and create a good environment for various entities to invest and start businesses, he noted.
- The People’s Bank of China is likely to expand the lending quota of policy financial instrument to fund infrastructure projects and spur the economy, China Securities Journal reported citing analysts on Thursday. The tool, implemented by three policy banks, have supported 2700 projects since being launched in 2022, analysts said, noting it has become a key measure to push credit expansion. The PBOC’s targeted relending tools, coordinated with fiscal and industrial policies, will be strengthened to help lower funding costs for key and weak sectors, meanwhile the central bank would introduce new facilities for agriculture, small businesses, tech innovation and aged care, the analysts said.