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PBOC governor says ‘some room’ exists for cutting reserve requirement ratio

Updated: Mar 10,2019 2:03 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Chinese central bank governor said on March 10 that there is still some room for lowering the country’s reserve requirement ratio.

The overall reserve requirement ratio now stands at around 12 percent, a similar level as some developed countries, Yi Gang, governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), told a press conference on the sidelines of the annual legislative session.

Since the beginning of 2018, China has lowered the reserve requirement ratio by a total of 3.5 percentage points in five cuts, he said.

China will reform and refine monetary and credit supply mechanisms, and employ a combination of quantitative and pricing approaches, like required reserve ratios and interest rates, to guide financial institutions in increasing credit supply and bringing down the cost of borrowing, according to a government work report delivered on March 5.