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China announces rural financing package

Xinhua, April 16, 2014 Adjust font size:

China will cut the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for some rural financial institutions to provide more financing support for the rural economy, China's cabinet, the State Council, announced on Wednesday.

China will cut the RRR for county-level rural commercial banks and rural credit cooperative unions that meet certain standards, according to a statement that followed a cabinet meeting.

It did not specify the standards.

The RRR sets the minimum fraction of customer deposits that each commercial bank must hold as reserves rather than lending, and is an important monetary tool used by central banks. Lowering the RRR is often aimed at boosting bank lending and economic growth.

The meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang also decided to provide tax incentives to companies employing those who have been out of work for more than one year.


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