Agricultural Bank of China celebrates listing one billion renminbi bond on NASDAQ Dubai
- Bell-ringing marks first bond listing by a Chinese issuer in the MENA region
- Dubai plays important role in ABC’s strategy of global expansion
Min Fang, Senior Executive Officer of the Dubai branch of Agriculture Bank of China (ABC), today rang the market-opening bell to celebrate the listing of a one billion renminbi (163 million dollar) bond on NASDAQ Dubai.
ABC, China’s third largest bank by assets, is the first Chinese issuer to list a bond on an exchange in the MENA region. ABC went public in 2010 in China, raising 22 billion dollars in what was then the world’s largest IPO by value.
The bell ceremony took place in the presence of His Excellency Tang Weibin, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Dubai;His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Chairman of Dubai Financial Market (DFM); Abdul Wahed Al Fahim, Chairman of NASDAQ Dubai; Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of NASDAQ Dubai; and senior executives of ABC.
Min Fang, Senior Executive Officer of ABC’s Dubai Branch, said: “Our decision to issue and list the renminbi bond in Dubai is an important step in our strategy of global expansion. As the MENA region’s international exchange, NASDAQ Dubai is the ideal venue to promote our visibility with investors based in the Middle East and neighbouring countries. We intend to further build the presence of the Chinese currency across MENA from our base in Dubai, in order to provide the best possible service to our customers and business partners and strengthen overall economic and financial cooperation between China and the region.”
The bank opened its first branch in the MENA region in the DIFC in 2013.
His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC and Chairman of DFM, said: “As the economic and financial ties between China and the Middle East expand rapidly, Dubai is well placed to facilitate a continuing broadening and deepening of this important relationship. The Emirate’s sophisticated financial infrastructure is available to promote an offshore renminbi market serving the region and facilitate a range of transactions for the mutual benefit of Chinese and Middle East issuers and investors.”
Abdul Wahed Al Fahim, Chairman of NASDAQ Dubai, said: “The listing of ABC’s bond on NASDAQ Dubai underlines the important role of the exchange as a global hub that links our region with the rest of the world. NASDAQ Dubai’s international framework and regulatory standards provide a transparent and stable environment for regional and international market participants alike.”
Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of NASDAQ Dubai, said: “The exchange is delighted to provide a platform to support the regional activities of ABC, as one of China’s most prominent banks with an expanding footprint in MENA countries. NASDAQ Dubai’s high international profile is uniquely positioned to serve issuers from China as they increase their business presence in the region and we look forward to building new relationships with Chinese companies.”
ABC’s bond listed on NASDAQ Dubai on September 15, 2014. NASDAQ Dubai is a global leader in bond listings with a nominal value of 26.79 billion dollars currently listed.