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State-owned Chinese bank to give $3-B credit line to PH firms

By: - Reporter / @daxinq
/ 06:43 PM October 20, 2016
CHINA-PHILIPPINES-DIPLOMACY

Premier Li Keqiang (right) and President Rodrigo Duterte (left) attend a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 20. Duterte met with his Chinese counterpart Xi on Oct. 20, state media said, as the Philippine leader seeks closer ties with the Asian giant while blasting his US allies. AFP

BEIJING—The Bank of China will open on Friday a $3 billion credit facility for Philippine industries and infrastructure in a deal to be sealed as the concluding activity of President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to the world’s second largest economy.

The Inquirer learned that eight Filipino conglomerates and corporations will enter into an agreement with one of China’s biggest state-owned financial institutions.

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Officials at the Filipino firms described the deal as “non-binding.”

“They want to give us a credit line for any use we may have for it,” one company official said. “It will most likely be [loaned out] at market rates.”

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The conglomerates that will enter into the agreement with the Bank of China are Gokongwei-owned JG Summit Holdings; Gotianun-owned Filinvest Development Corp.; Manuel Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific Investments Corp.; Sy family-controlled SM Investments Corp.; the International Container Terminal Services Inc.; and Zobel family-led Ayala Corp.

Also to enjoy the benefits of Bank of China’s credit line are Pan Pacific Renewable Power Philippine Corp.; as well as Udenna Corp. of Davao-based businessman and Phoenix Petroleum owner Dennis Uy.

The Bank of China will also enter into an agreement with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry for strategic cooperation on small and medium enterprises.

The state-owned bank will be represented in the signing ceremonies by its chair, Tian Guiling, while the Philippine side will be represented by the CEOs of the respective conglomerates. Also expected to witness the event are Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, and Bases Conversion and Development Authority chair Vivencio Dizon, among others.

The signing ceremonies will be held at the Bank of China’s headquarters in Beijing, after which Mr. Duterte will head straight to the Beijing Capital International Airport for his 5 p.m. flight to Davao City. He is expected to arrive in Davao at 10:45 p.m. of Friday.

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TAGS: Ayala Corp., Bank of China, business, credit line, deals, Department of Trade and Industry, Filinvest Development Corp., International Container Terminal Services Inc., JG Summit Holdings, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Pan Pacific Renewable Power Philippine Corp., Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rodrigo Duterte, SM Investments Corp., Udenna Corp.
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