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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

Green bond issuance successful

The Government today announced the successful offering of RMB5 billion offshore renminbi green bonds under the Government Green Bond Programme.   This is the Government's inaugural offering of renminbi-denominated bonds. The offering comprises two tranches of RMB2.5 billion three-year and RMB2.5 billion five-year.   The green bonds saw strong demand from diversified group of investors despite recent market volatility, and 54% of the issuance size was distributed to banks, 35% to fund managers, private banks and insurance companies, and 11% to supranationals, official institutions and corporates.   Financial Secretary Paul Chan said this landmark offering by the Government further enriches the range of offshore renminbi financial products available in Hong Kong, consolidates the city's role as the premier offshore renminbi centre and contributes to promoting the internationalisation of the renminbi.   Mr Chan explained that the offering also strengthens the Hong Kong platform to better serve renminbi issuers who raise green financing in support of low carbon transition efforts.   “Together with the US dollar and euro-denominated green bond offerings last week, it demonstrates our continued commitment to further develop the green bond market through piloting issuances with different parameters,” he added.   The green bonds are expected to be settled on November 30 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange.   Proceeds raised under the programme will be used to fund projects that will improve the environment and facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy.
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