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LENDING & CREDIT | Staff Reporter, China

Citi opens fourth lending company in China

Chongqing Beibei Citi Lending is the bank’s first lending company located in the western region of China.

Mr. Andrew Au, Chief Executive Officer of Citi China, Mr. Simon Chow, Country Business Manager of Citi’s China’s Consumer Group, as well as senior local officials attended the opening ceremony of the new lending company located in Chongqing’s Beibei District.

Andrew Au said, “Citi was the first international bank to introduce the lending company model to China in 2008, in recognition of the fact that access to credit is the most pressing financial need of individuals and small businesses in parts of China underserved by financial institutions. The three lending companies we have launched to date have proven highly successful, and we are delighted to be expanding our commitment to those living in and around smaller towns in China, including the residents of Beibei district.”

The new lending company in Beibei will house 10 employees, and will offer both secured and unsecured loans. Its target client base will include individual borrowers, the selfemployed and micro-enterprises. The new lending company has registered capital of USD 6 million. Beibei is a district in Northern Chongqing, with a population of 720,000 people.

In addition to Beibei, Citi currently has three lending companies under the Citi Credit banner, two in Hubei Province, in the towns of Gong’an and Chibi, and one in the town of Wafangdian, in Liaoning Province.

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