Mutual access for bourses ‘good for Hong Kong’
Hong Kong officials believe the establishment of mutual access between the stock markets of Shanghai and Hong Kong will enhance the city’s position as an international financial center and an offshore yuan hub.
“We welcome and are encouraged by Premier Li Keqiang’s remarks endorsing mutual market access between the stock markets of Shanghai and Hong Kong,” Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd Chairman Chow Chung-kong said in a statement on Thursday.
“The program is not only a major breakthrough for the opening up of the mainland’s capital markets but also a great milestone for the development of Hong Kong as an international financial center. Hong Kong will again act as a bridge connecting theChinese mainland economy and the rest of the world,” Chow added.
HKEx Chief Executive Charles Li said: “We believe this development will pave the way for the further opening up of the Chinese mainland capital markets and help promote the internationalization of the yuan. We also believe this development will provide a new opportunity and create momentum for the further developmentof theHongKongcapitalmarket.”
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said at the Boao Forum on Thursday that the mutual market access between the stock markets of Shanghai and Hong Kong will promote a healthy development of the capital market inHong Kong and on the mainland.
Leung said Premier Li told him that the related departments will step up momentum for the implementation of the mutual market during the next few months. Leung expressed appreciation for the central government’s support of Hong Kong’s financial industries.
The chief executive pointed out financial industries, including the stock market, are very important to Hong Kong’s economy. Although only 6 percent of the city’s workforce is employed by these industries, they account for 16 percent of Hong KongsKong’s total GDP.