Luxembourg’s Minister of Finance, Pierre Gramegna (pictured), is in China for high-level bilateral meetings this week, including with Minister of Finance Xiao Jie and Governor Zhou Xiaochuan of the PBOC. The Minister is heading a delegation of more than 70 key decision-makers from Luxembourg’s financial services industry.
In the context of the yearly road show, Luxembourg for Finance has organised conferences in Beijing and in Shanghai bringing together financial services professionals to discuss recent developments and trends in the investment sphere between China and Europe.
Several cooperation agreements have been signed, including an MoU between the bankers’ associations of both countries, ABBL and China Banking Association, to strengthen the international exchange and co-operation in the banking industry as well as between the Luxembourg House of Financial Technologies (LHoFT) and Tsinghua University Science Park Ventures to promote Fintech investments between China and Europe.
This year’s official visit also demonstrates the commitment to boost co-operation in climate finance. For example, during the China-Luxembourg Green Finance Innovation Forum held at the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), the International Institute of Green Finance, CUFE, Luxembourg Stock Exchange and China Securities Index jointly launched the “CSI 300 Green Leading Stock Index”. The index will be an important yardstick of value for investors to appreciate the performance of green Chinese listed companies.
Moreover, the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) and Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) expanded their co-operation by signing an addendum to an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch the first ‘Green Bond Channel’ between China and Luxembourg. This extension will enable SSE-listed green bonds to be displayed on Luxembourg Green Exchange. China’s $9 trillion bond market is the second largest in the world, but only 2 per cent of Chinese bonds are foreign-owned. This addendum agreement will significantly help to connect issuers and international investors outside China and provide exhaustive information to them.
Earlier this week, ICBC Luxembourg and the LuxSE jointly announced the bank’s inaugural issue of green bonds to be listed on Luxembourg LGX. Not only is ICBC the first Chinese bank whose “Green Bond Framework” is aligned with both international and Chinese green standards, it is also the first Chinese bank to receive a “Dark Green” Second Opinion by the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research. The proceeds of the green bonds will be used to support China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and refinance eligible green projects in domestic provinces and foreign countries key to the Initiative.