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13 Oct 2017   Macro, Currencies, Policy, Asia Pacific

Will the PBOC Reforms Cause More Harm than Good?

As China’s Central Bank rolls out fresh reforms with the purpose of redirecting financing to sectors where credit is usually scarce, some investors question if now is the time to boost borrowing in China.

CEFC Takes Stake in Rosneft as Russia and China Edge Closer

The final piece of the Rosneft-privatization puzzle appeared to fall into place, as initial investors Glencore and QIA agreed to sell the majority of their stake, purchased in December last year, to a little-known Chinese oil company. Yet the wider implications of the deal for the oil market and Sino-Russian ties are still unclear.

As LatAm Boosts China Links, Panda Bond Market Opens New Doors

China has over the years moved to strengthen its ties to Latin America in a range of areas, and a recently proposed free trade agreement between the Asian powerhouse and Mexico could take that one step further – potentially opening up a vast new trade and capital corridor between the two regions.

Emerging Market Credit Daily Roundup: 7 September, 2017

UNEC to raise AED1bn – Bahrain to issue a sukuk – Nigeria pre-launched its sukuk sale – Afreximbank to boost capital for lending – CABEI gets upgraded – ADB tapped the international markets – Russia to resolve dispute with Exxon Mobile

Emerging Market Credit Daily Roundup: 6 September, 2017

Non-resident EM inflows flatline in August – Middle East bond market to see USD20bn of new supply in 2017 – Oman replaces CBO governor – Ecobank subsidiary secures USD250mn 5-year loan – Brazil looks ready to cut rates – Mexico City airport in market for USD2bn – CDB looks to raise CNY5bn in green bonds – ArcelorMittal Ukrainian subsidiary in loan talks with EBRD

Azure Power CEO on Building Green into Corporate DNA

Azure Power’s recent USD500mn green bond due 2022 won accolades for being the first solar green bond, paving the way for a wealth of new issuance in the country. We speak with Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Azure Power about the issuance process, whether the costs of issuing outweigh the benefits, and how issuers can build being green into their corporate DNA.

Emerging Market Regulators Make Strides Building Green Bond Momentum

A daily review of emerging market debt, covering the latest loan, sukuk and bond deals, rating actions, policy and credit market developments across Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Turkey, Europe and Asia... Growing support for market-driven policies aimed at facilitating green issuance has created important wins for the sustainable finance segment, especially in emerging market countries like China, India, and Mexico. But with the bulk of those policies, at their core, fixated on determining what qualifies as ‘green’, key questions about industry standards – and the best approach to applying them – remain, while many continue seeking ways of incentivising the market.

Can “Bond Connect” Hong Kong and Mainland China Markets?

The long awaited “Bond Connect” program linking the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese markets has finally launched. Even though it was initially received with warm welcome by investors, some experts believe that on its own it won’t be enough to make global players give the local Chinese markets the desired recognition.

CDL Breaks New Ground with Singapore’s First Green Bond

City Developments Limited (CDL), the Singapore-listed real estate giant with a global presence spanning 97 locations in 26 countries, has been praised for its sustainability efforts, which place it top among Singapore corporates in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World 2017 rankings. We speak to the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer Esther An about challenges associated with issuing green instruments in the region and CDL’s strategy going forward.

CASE STUDY: India’s Rural Electrification Corporation Debuts a US$450mn Green Bond

The state-owned company, which finances and promotes power sector projects in India, successfully launched its inaugural green bond, becoming the first Indian public sector corporate to issue USD-denominated “green” debt and supporting the central government’s sustainability drive.

 

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