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Standard Chartered holds Renminbi Seminar for SME clients

Standard Chartered holds Renminbi Seminar for SME clients
Seminar highlights benefits of Renminbi Internationalisation for UAE SMEs

UAE, 30 July, 2012 – Standard Chartered recently held a seminar for its SME clients in the UAE titled:”Renminbi Internationalisation – Benefits for SME Clients”. The event was attended by representatives from small and medium enterprisesfrom different sectors across the UAE.

Standard Chartered conducted the first Renminbi (RMB)cross border trade between the UAE and China and has developed significant expertise in helping companies in UAE, and across its footprint, trade with and invest in China via the RMB. The seminar addressed the latest developments in RMB internationalisation, and how theyimpact SMEs. In addition, the bank presented the latest financial solutions to support the burgeoning trade and investment flows between the UAE and China.

Khalid El Gibaly, Regional Head of Consumer Banking for UAE and Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank, highlighted the importance of RMB:

“The SME sector is the foundation of a healthy economy and providing the right support to ensure its growth is vital to a sustainable economy. This seminar comes at an ideal time: the RMB is increasingly becoming an international trade settlement currency and trade flows between the UAE and China are recording steady growth. At Standard Chartered we are able to leveragean international footprint and public-private partnerships across Asia, Africa and Middle East to support companies’ trade and investment across these markets.”

Marios Maratheftis, Regional Head of Research forEurope, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas atStandard Chartered Bank gave clients an insight intothe Renminbi’s history, the current opportunity and thefuture outlook. Habeeb Faruqi, the Bank’s Regional Head of Consumer Banking Market Sales for the Middle East and Pakistan, discussed the benefits of RMB invoicing for SME clients and showcased the latest financial solutions and capabilities to support SME client’s trade with China. Charles Tan, Regional Transactional Product Manager at Standard Chartered,provided the participants with the latest updates on the internationalisation of the RMB.

Standard Chartered is a direct member for all clearing systems in China and is a Market Leader in Renminbi Cross Border Trade Settlement and Clearing Services Capabilities in over 55 Countries. The bank has the largest distribution network among international banks in the UAE with 11 branches, four Electronic Banking Units and more than 130 ATMs and CDMs across the country.

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