CBIRC Calls for Chinese Banks to Play Key Role in Driving Consumption Growth


China’s banking regulator is pushing for commercial lenders to play a greater role in driving consumption growth via the more ready provision fo consumer loans.

The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) recently called for “urging banking institutions to rationally increase consumer loans.”

The call from CBIRC arrived after the Q4 monetary policy meeting of the Chinese central bank called for “driving reductions in the comprehensive financing costs of enterprises and the costs of personal consumer loans, and optimising consumer financial services for large-scale consumer items and social services.”

China Securities Journal reports that in the wake of these calls from the country’s top financial regulators, Chinese commercial lenders have outlined plans to both step up consumer lending and reduce rates for consumer loans.

An executive from China Construction Bank (CCB) announced at a recent investors meeting that in 2023 the lender would “expand the intensity of personal lending.”

“We expect that this year there will be a rewarming of housing finance and consumer finance, and that the expansion of consumer finance will be the highlight.”

Multiple banks have already reduced consumer loan rates, with all four of the original big state-owned lenders bringing the minimum rate to under 4%, to as low as 3.65% in some cases.