Irish funds get enhanced access to Chinese markets via RQFII and Stock Connect

Irish Funds, the representative body for the cross-border investment funds industry in Ireland, has welcomed the announcement by the People’s Bank of China and the Irish authorities that Ireland has been granted a RMB50 billion quota under the RQFII Scheme.

Irish Funds says this recognises Ireland’s position as a leading cross-border funds centre and comes very quickly after confirmation that the Central Bank of Ireland is in a position to accept applications from Irish domiciled UCITS and AIFs to invest through the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme.
Eligible investors will be granted licenses as part of the RQFII quota set at RMB50 billion (approximately EUR7 billion at current exchange rates), which will allow Irish domiciled funds to purchase securities in local Chinese Markets.
Further enhancing Irish funds’ ability to access Chinese mainland markets, the Central Bank has also advised that it will now begin accepting applications for investment through Shenzhen Connect. This is the latest addition to the existing Hong-Kong-Shanghai Stock Connect which Irish funds were granted access to in 2015.
These developments will attract both Chinese and international managers to establish funds in Ireland to provide investment access the Chinese market for global investors. They also mark a strengthening of the financial services links between Ireland and China. 
Pat Lardner (pictured), chief executive of Irish Funds, says: “We are delighted the RQFII Quota has been granted – it is testament to the hard work of both the Chinese and Irish authorities and something we have been strong advocates for on behalf of our members. We believe that multiple access points to the Chinese securities markets via RQFII and Stock Connect provide a range of options for the hundreds of investment managers who already use Ireland and the many more we believe will. As the home of 4.9 per cent of global fund assets and 14.6 per cent of European fund assets Ireland will continue to provide vital connections between managers and investors from around the globe.”

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