SCB China Launches Direct Trading for UAE, Saudi Currencies

The bank has launched a direct trading business for RMB/AED and RMB/SR due to the currency's increasing role in trading.

Standard Chartered Bank (China) announced today that it has launched a direct trading business for RMB/AED and RMB/SR and that it has become the first batch of direct trading market-makers for RMB against AED and SR in China’s inter-bank FX market.

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Sami Mahfouz, Head of Financial Markets UAE, commented: “Standard Chartered has a broad network and historical presence in the Middle East and we offer one-stop products and solutions covering cash, trade, foreign exchange and commodities.”

“China is the UAE’s second-largest trade partner, and Saudi Arabia’s largest trade partner. Direct transactions for RMB against AED and SAR will benefit the formation of direct exchange rates between the RMB and these two currencies, the reduction of exchange transaction costs, the promotion of bilateral trade and investment between China and these two countries, as well as driving the internationalisation of the RMB.”

The bank has been at the forefront of the promotion of RMB internationalisation, and now provides RMB trading settlement, cash management, RMB bond issuance, and investment services to corporate clients in 34 markets, as well as providing RMB clearing and bond issuance services to banks in 72 markets.

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