China unveils plan to set up a financial center in Chengdu-Chongqing area
China Daily

Visitors enjoy night views of Hongyadong from the Qiansimen Bridge over the Jialing River in Chongqing. (Photo: China Daily)

China announced a new plan on Friday to build a financial center in the country's southwestern Chengdu-Chongqing area by 2025, as part of the country's larger drive to boost economic growth in the region.

The new plan, jointly released by the People's Bank of China, other departments and local governments, said the establishment of a western financial center in the region will step up the construction of the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle and inject new impetus to the high-quality development.

By 2025, the western financial center will be built with improved financial systems and mechanisms as well as enhanced vitality of financial institutions. After that, the financial opening-up will be further expanded significantly, and a new highland for fintech development will be established in the region.

By 2035, the region's role as a western financial center will be further boosted. A service system for inland financial opening up will be formed, which will support the regional industrial development and foster high-quality development in the country. And the financial center's influence on the world stage will be further increased.

The new plan requires studying and building data assets trades venues in the western region and exploring the upgrading of the existing relevant trading venues into intellectual property and technology transfer trading center of the integrated development of Chengdu-Chongqing area.

Under the new plan, China will support Chengdu to steadily conduct trials of digital RMB, carry out research on digital RMB, boost innovation mobile payment applications and expand the application scenarios of digital RMB.

The country will also support the construction of a national fintech certification center in Chongqing and explore the building of a regional fintech regulatory information platform.