Chinese yuan incorporated in Bangladesh's RTGS system

(Xinhua) 14:57, January 27, 2024

DHAKA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The central Bank of Bangladesh has included the Chinese yuan in the country's credit transfer system Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS), a senior official said Friday.

The clearing and settlement of the Chinese yuan (CNY) will be incorporated in the RTGS system from Feb. 4, the official from the central bank requiring anonymity said, citing a document of the bank issued Thursday.

The decision came after a rapidly increased Bangladesh-China trade, fueled by Belt and Road Initiative investments from China, which is the biggest trading partner of Bangladesh now.

Apart from this, the official said yuan proved itself remarkably stable and resilient amid adverse and uncertain economic conditions, like the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and the global financial crisis in 2008.

"With China's growing centrality in international trade, commerce and investment, we've decided to include the Chinese yuan in the country's RTGS system," said the official.

Bangladesh in April last year announced to settle its pending payments to Russia in Chinese yuan instead of U.S. dollar.

The central bank of Bangladesh in September 2022 paved the way for banks in the country to maintain correspondent accounts in yuan to facilitate cross-border trade based on the Chinese currency.

(Web editor: Zhang Wenjie, Wu Chaolan)


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