Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rural China gets more financial institutions

China Banking Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that the country would have more than 100 new rural financial institutions in operation by the end of this year.

CBRC said this is part of China's efforts to improve service in distant rural areas.

At the end of August there were 61 new rural financial institutions in operation, said the industry watchdog.

The new financial institutions include county-and village-level credit companies and capital mutual aid organizations.

Credit from these new types of institutions mainly went to farmhouse holds and small-sized enterprises in rural areas.

The combined balance of deposit currently stands at 2.831 billion yuan . Total loans reached 1.917billion yuan, according to the CBRC.

By the end of August, these loans benefited 22,797 rural households and 4,452 small-sized companies.

China has a rural population of 900 million, but their financial services are generally less than what's found in urban areas.


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