The following article from China Daily:
Regulator tackles small firm financingBy Zhan Lisheng (China Daily)
Updated: 2007-09-01 10:21
The China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) said on Friday it is taking steps to give small business better access to loans.
"Small business is playing an increasingly important role in the nation's economic development," said Liao Min, deputy director of the CBRC's general office, at a press briefing in Guangzhou on Friday.
"But they are still in a weaker position in terms of access to bank loans compared with large and medium-sized enterprises, especially the State-owned ones," he said.
Liao said the CBRC has joined with the National Development and Reform Commission to abolish rules and remove obstacles restricting small businesses from applying to commercial banks for credit.
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It is also improving policies and regulations on loans to small businesses, and mapping out new policies that reward banks which give credit to small firms.
"Improving financial services to small businesses and offering more tailored financial products will be a win-win for both the small firms and the banks."
Small businesses contribute over one-third of China's gross domestic product annually and have created jobs for 75 percent of the urban population and been responsible for 90 percent of new vacancies since the beginning of the 1990s.
"Small firms generally do not meet credit standards set for large and medium-sized enterprises; however, randomly lowering credit standards creates risk for commercial banks," he said. "Banking institutions need to find a balance between risk and profit."