International banks ramp up financial cooperation in the Greater Bay Area

International banks ramp up financial cooperation in the Greater Bay Area

HONG KONG SHENZHEN International banks have ramped up financial cooperation within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, allowing individual investors on the Chinese mainland access to the financial hub's investment products through their cross-border financial services, banks said.

Standard Chartered Bank has completed the construction of its Greater Bay Area Center in Guangzhou, marking a milestone in the British bank's business expansion in the Bay Area.

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The project will support retail and corporate banking operations in the region, promote the development and application of innovative financial solutions, and strengthen cross-boundary banking services of Standard Chartered in the region, and strengthen cross-boundary banking services with a total investment of $40 million.

Benjamin Hung, Standard Chartered's CEO for Asia, said that GBA is a strategic focus for Standard Chartered and our GBA business plays an integral role in contributing to the bank's aspirations in Asia.

He said the bank will invest $300 million into China-related business in the next three years to grasp the opportunities brought by the country's continuous opening-up, and double its profit contribution to the group by 2024, including business in the GBA.

Anthony Lin, Standard Chartered spokesman for the Greater Bay Area, said that the rapid development of the GBA has accelerated financial cooperation in the region and promoted two-way trade and investment, which provides more development space for a larger regional financial ecosystem.

The bank said there are currently 700 employees in the GBA center and that the number is expected to increase to 1,600 by the end of next year.

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The partnership between DBS Bank Hong Kong and Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank will allow mainland investors access to a wide range of financial products and digital banking services through the southbound trading channel under the Bond Connect program.

Sebastian Paredes, CEO of DBS Bank Hong Kong said the partnership strengthens bank's cross-border banking cooperation to bring a quality and international wealth management experience to individual investors in different cities within the GBA. The bank will continue to explore suitable partnership opportunities to increase its influence in the area to meet the growing financial needs of customers in the GBA.