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Chinese Currency Renminbi or Yuan to Facilitate Pakistan in Trade, Investment Activities: Experts

Updated:2018-1-15 10:14:31    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:259

It is reported that economists and businessmen have termed Pakistan's recent decision to use the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, as a foreign currency for denominating foreign currency transactions in the country as a great historical step.

They also said that the decision would ease pressure on the country's foreign currency exchange reserves in US dollars and facilitate transactions for trade and investment activities.

In a press release on Jan 2, the State Bank of Pakistan said the Chinese yuan is now an approved foreign currency at par with other international currencies such as US dollar, euro and Japanese yen. It also said that both the public and private sector enterprises can freely choose the currency for bilateral trade and investment activities.

Terming yuan as a strong international currency, Pasha also believed that Pakistan will be able to arrange swap funds from China in yuan in the future under a bilateral agreement, which will become the basis for Pakistan's financing and reduce pressure on the country in terms of foreign exchange reserves.

The business community in Pakistan hailed the decision, saying that it will absolutely help the Pakistani side simplify trade with China.

Chairman of Pak-China Business and Investment Promotion Council Amanullah Khan said the factors of the strong Chinese economy and the yuan's stability will also remove several concerns of Pakistani businesses which are afraid of rupee fluctuation against the US dollar.

"This new policy means Pakistani and Chinese banks will be able to open import letters of credit in yuan in the future," said the chairman, adding "Chinese companies investing in CPEC projects will bring in yuan-denominated funds and remit back their profits and dividends also in yuan instead of other foreign currencies, thus helping Pakistan lessen pressure on its foreign currency account in US dollar and stabilize its rate."

Declaring its inclusion in the International Monetary Fund's Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket as a big leap for yuan which earned it the status of a global reserve currency, Amanullah Khan said the development is a big success for the Chinese government as "it was a confirmation of the success of China's economic development and results of the reform and opening up of the financial sector."

The expert said several countries in the world are eager to reduce their over-dependence on other currencies and in such a situation there will be an emerging big gap which only yuan can fill. (Source: China Daily)

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