Archive for July, 2009

CBRC’s Three Year New Rural Financial Institution Plan May Have Unintended Effects

Posted in Finance Policy on July 31st, 2009 by Yam Ki – Be the first to comment

What does it take to get more banks into poor rural areas? Apparently, by giving out banking licenses in the wealthy regions. That is what the CBRC is proposing in its Three Year Rural Financing Plan. read more »

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Chinese Microentrepreneurs May Get Legal Licenses!

Posted in MF Marketplace, MF Talent, SAIC Policy on July 23rd, 2009 by Yam Ki – 1 Comment

Fry Tofu Seller in Beijing

Happy Fry Tofu Seller in Beijing

China’s State Council just issued a draft ordinance that allows street vendors and other microentrepreneurs to register for permits and recruit employees legally. The draft ordinance, titled “Individual and Household Business Ordinance (Draft)” / “个体工商户条例(征求意见稿)“, will allow micro-enterprises to get access to loans from alternative sources such as small loan companies and village banks. read more »

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Standard Chartered Village Bank Offers Unsecured Loans to Farmers

Posted in Inner Mongolia, MF Marketplace on July 9th, 2009 by Yam Ki – Be the first to comment
Standard Chartered Flyer

Standard Chartered Flyer

The hype around Village Banks is finally delivering something real.  Standard Chartered Village Bank in Inner Mongolia made an announcement yesterday that it will offer unsecured credit to farmers.

Established in August 2007 by the CBRC, Village Banks (VB) were seen as the path to bring credit to China’s rural areas.  Like microcredit companies, VBs can only mobilize deposit and make loans within their county of incorporation.  Three foreign banks have established local branches under read more »

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Quick Lessons from China Association of Microfinance / CICETE

Posted in Finance Policy, MF Talent on July 2nd, 2009 by Yam Ki – Be the first to comment

I had a meeting with a source at the China Association of Microfinance / China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE) yesterday and learned a few things:

1) Small Loan Company (小额贷款公司) is really Microcredit Company version 2 (小额信贷公司).

Apparently the CBRC never intended for the microcredit company to be completely “credit” base. They wanted them to provide loans with collateral / guarantees; hence the rename and new law. read more »

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