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Pakistan allows use of Chinese Yuan for trade, investment: UK paper

Pakistan allows use of Chinese Yuan for trade, investment: UK paper

LONDON: Pakistan has allowed use of Chinese yuan for trade, investment under which both public and private sector enterprises may use the yuan for bilateral trade and investment, Pakistan’s central bank (SBP) said, Daily Star said in its latest report issued here on Sunday.

Pakistan will allow the Chinese yuan to be used for imports, exports and financing transactions for bilateral trade and investment activities, in a move economists said Wednesday would simplify a massive Chinese investment project,the report added.

It said that both public and private sector enterprises might use the yuan for bilateral trade and investment, the central State Bank of Pakistan said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“As per current foreign exchange regulations, Chinese Yuan (CNY) is an approved foreign currency for denominating foreign currency transactions in Pakistan,”,the Daily Star quoting the bank said.

“In terms of regulations in Pakistan, CNY is at par with other international currencies such as USD, Euro and JPY,” it added.

The bank said that in light of a massive Chinese infrastructure project in Pakistan, the move would “yield long-term benefits for both the countries”.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $54 billion project launched in 2013 linking western China to the Indian Ocean via Pakistan, has been hailed as a “game changer” by Pakistani officials,the paper added.

The Newspaper quoting the officials said that they hoped the power stations and transmission lines built as part of the project would help ease Pakistan’s chronic power crisis. Economic analyst and former government adviser on finance Salman Shah welcomed the State Bank’s move, saying that avoiding dollar transactions in the implementation of CPEC would “simplify matters very considerably”, the paper said.