by Enoch Yiu, South China Morning Post:
The second cross-border gold market between Hong Kong and China kicked off with US$36.88 million worth of the precious metal traded in Shenzhen.
Nine hundred kilogrammes of gold, worth 244.44 million yuan (US$36.88 million) changed hands on Friday evening, kicking off Hong Kong’s second cross-border market with mainland China under the so-called Gold Connect programme.
The first trades under the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Gold Connect were made after a ceremony hosted by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Haywood Cheung Tak-hay, president of the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society.
Under the scheme, mainland Chinese investors can authorise any of the 70 Hong Kong dealers located at the Qianhai special economic zone in Shenzhen to buy and sell gold bullions, and settle the transactions in cash or by physical delivery. The bullions are designated as one-kilogramme gold bars.
The Gold Connect is the city’s second such trading scheme after a link-up between Hong Kong and the Shanghai market in 2015. The new link with Shenzhen has 70 Hong Kong participating dealers, more than double the 30 who signed for the Shanghai-Hong Kong Gold Connect.
“The new Gold Connect, which starts tonight, as well as the gold vault in Qianhai, will help gold traders save time and money settling gold trades,” Chief Executive Lam said. “This will benefit both Hong Kong and mainland gold traders and investors.”
Lam added the new scheme would create closer ties between Hong Kong and Qianhai and credited the local gold bourse’s efforts to tie up with gold exchanges in Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar.
The proposed gold vault will commence operation in April, and be able to store 1,500 tonnes of gold, allowing mainlanders who trade the metal in Hong Kong via Qianhai, and gain physical delivery.
“The new connect will boost the internationalisation of the yuan. The Shanghai Connect has already benefited international investors to trade gold in the mainland,” said Cheung of the dealers’ guild. “The new Shenzhen leg will make it easier for 2,000 jewellery makers to trade gold in Hong Kong.”
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