micro-lending

Lending levels may be too high in aggregate, but farmers aren’t getting enough of the pie. So says the Chinese central bank, which has called for financial innovation and increased levels of rural lending.

Banks should issue more microloans to farmers to foster rural industries and urbanization, said Liu Shiyu, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China. Rural credit co-operatives, village banks, microcredit companies and new types of financial institution should all be used to help rural development. Read more

Banks face higher refinancing costs as $7,000bn of short-term debt is due to mature in the next three years. The IEA is accused of overstating energy reserves and the chief economist of the World Bank says China should not be forced to allow appreciation of the renminbi Read more