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'Silver economy' panel set up

The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau today established the Advisory Panel on Silver Economy and convened its first meeting with the aim of initiating research on the development of Hong Kong’s growing elderly population as a consumer segment.    Chairing the panel, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau said the elderly demographic was emerging as an important part of the city’s economy.    He highlighted that many products and services designed to enhance the quality of life enjoyed by elderly residents are spurring growth and business opportunities.    Mr Yau added that promoting such products and services can help to foster the development of the so-called silver economy and unleash business potential in the elderly market, whilst also catering to the aspirations and needs of elderly people. He said this would be the advisory panel’s focus.     At today’s meeting, the panel endorsed its terms of reference, reviewed statistics relating to

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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