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People’s Daily on Recent Financial Cooperation Between China and Arabic Countries

CCP newspaper People’s Daily has published a list of ways that China has been cooperating with Arabic countries recently.

  • Starting on January 1, 2024, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iran, and Ethiopia officially became members of the BRICS countries, increasing the total number of BRICS member countries from 5 to 10. Abdullah, the Minister of Economy of the UAE, stated that there would be additional capital injection into the BRICS Development Bank.
  • On November 28, 2023, China People’s Bank and the UAE Central Bank renewed their Renminbi/Dirham Bilateral Currency Swap Agreement, valid for 5 years, with a swap scale of 35 billion RMB/18 billion UAE Dirhams.
  • In November 2023, the People’s Bank of China signed a bilateral currency swap agreement with the Saudi Central Bank, with a swap scale of 50 billion RMB/26 billion Saudi Riyals. The agreement is valid for 3 years and can be extended with mutual consent.
  • In October 2023, the China Export-Import Bank signed a cooperation agreement with the African Bank of Morocco. Both parties will “actively promote economic and trade exchanges and financial cooperation through project financing, parallel financing, and trade financing.”
  • The Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Chen Weiqing, said that as of 2023 the China’s Export-Import Bank and the National Bank of Saudi Arabia have successfully implemented the first RMB loan project [to Saudi Arabia]. The Bank of China and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China have also opened branches in Saudi Arabia.
  • The 2023 International Maritime Awards ceremony was held in Shanghai, where the COSCO Shipping Ports’ Abu Dhabi Terminal won the “Port Terminal Innovation Award.” The terminal was jointly constructed by COSCO Shipping Ports and the Abu Dhabi Ports Authority, with support from China’s Silk Road Fund. Since opening in 2018, the terminal has established direct connections with 65 ports worldwide. Its container throughput exceeded 1 million standard containers in 2022.
  • On October 30, 2023, the China Development Bank completed the full disbursement of a 7 billion RMB loan agreement with the Central Bank of Egypt.
  • On October 9, 2023, the China Export Credit Insurance Corporation issued the first medium-to-long-term insurance policy for a “new energy power” financing project, providing medium-to-long-term export buyer credit insurance support for the “Manna 2” 500 MW photovoltaic power (solar power) station project in Oman. In the same month, the performance test for Unit 4 of the Hassyan Power Station project in Dubai was successfully completed, marking the commercial operation of all 4 units at that power station. The power station was jointly financed and constructed by China’s Silk Road Fund, the Harbin Electric Group, and UAE investment institutions, representing the first investment of the Silk Road Fund in the Middle East.
  • The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China recently held a bond listing ceremony at the Nasdaq Dubai Exchange. The “green bonds” issued by the bank were simultaneously listed on stock exchanges in Hong Kong, Dubai (UAE), Singapore, and Luxembourg, with a total issuance size of approximately USD 2 billion.
  • In November 2023, Shanghai Stock Exchange signed a “memorandum of understanding for cooperation” with Dubai Financial Market. Both parties “plan to jointly explore and develop financial products related to ESG (environmental, social, and corporate governance) and sustainable development, as well as cross-border indices, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and other financial products.”

Source: People’s Daily, January 4, 2024