The mayor of China’s economic capital, Shanghai, committed to focus on advancing major currency reforms in a recently launched national free trade zone, in a speech he delivered today to address the city’s economic growth in 2013 and its target rate for the year of 2014.
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Mayor Yang Xiong reported today to the Shanghai municipal congress that the city’s GDP expanded by an estimated 7.7% in 2013, with the finance industry’s double-digit growth rate leading the way. To sustain long-term economic growth, the mayor pledged to make “all-out efforts” to build up the free trade zone and seek “substantive progress with pilot reforms.”
Among the financial reforms mentioned in the speech, included: full convertibility of the Chinese yuan currency under the capital account, cross-border settlement of the yuan and interest rate liberalization. Mayor Yang also said the government would seek to launch crude oil futures this year and revise, in a timely way, the “negative list” of industries that are still barred from operating in the FTZ.