HONG KONG Oct 14 Standard Chartered Bank (Hong
Kong) said on Friday that it has obtained approval from the
People's Bank of China to be the first commercial issuer of
bonds denominated in Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) in China's
interbank bond market.
The size of the issuance is 100 million SDRs, or about 925
million yuan, and the bond will be settled in the yuan, the bank
said in a statement.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) included the Chinese
currency in its SDR currency basket on Oct. 1 in line with the
growing importance of the yuan in international trade and
finance, and as a reflection of China's global economic heft.
"The inclusion of the yuan helps reduce the volatility of
SDR's exchange rate and therefore makes the value of SDR more
stable," said Wesley Yang, head of Financial Markets of Standard
"These SDR bonds, to be settled in RMB, will help promote
SDR financial instruments, provide a channel for investors to
invest in foreign currency bonds in the onshore market, and
offer more diversified bond products in the market."
A unit of the World Bank issued the first SDR denominated
bond in China's interbank bond market in August.
SDRs are an international reserve asset created by the IMF.
The value of the SDR is based on five major currencies, namely
US dollar, euro, Japanese yen, British pound, and the newly
added Chinese yuan.
Road shows of the Standard Chartered SDR bonds will be held
in Beijing and Shanghai.
(Reporting by Michelle Chen; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)