BankMuscat to offer payments in Chinese Yuan under strategic tie up with Bank of China

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Published February 9th, 2011 - 11:23 GMT
During the signing ceremony
During the signing ceremony

BankMuscat, the leading financial services provider in the Sultanate, has become the first Omani bank to enable payments in Chinese currency Remnimbi (RMB) or Yuan (CNY). BankMuscat has opened a Yuan account with Bank of China to facilitate trade related payments between Oman and China. BankMuscat’s clients can now settle payments for their trade transactions in the Chinese currency. The account has been opened as part of the business co-operation agreement between BankMuscat and Bank of China. The Yuan account marks another important milestone under the agreement to tap into the huge trade and investment flows between China and Oman as well the larger GCC region. 

Commenting on the development, AbdulRazak Ali Issa, Chief Executive of BankMuscat, said: “China has emerged as a major trading partner to most of the countries in the world and has been promoting the use of its currency for trade settlements. BankMuscat is proud to provide the Yuan payment facility to our esteemed customers which will help them trade with their Chinese counterparts on preferential terms. The arrangement will provide further fillip to the already robust trade flows between the two countries.” 

Bank of China is ranked 14th by tier one capital in the world and is the most internationalised of Chinese banks, proactive in promoting trade flows and serving the banking requirements of Sino-Omani commercial players. It had total assets of USD 1,490 billion as at 31 December 2010. It has a strong market presence in China and overseas, including Hong Kong, Macau, London and Switzerland, sizeable liquidity position, good capital adequacy and solid franchise management.

Background Information


With assets worth over USD 15 billion, BankMuscat (SAOG) is the leading financial services provider in Oman with a strong presence in Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Investment Banking, Treasury, Private Banking and Asset Management. Firmly positioned to exceed one million satisfied customers in 2010, the Bank has the largest network of 129 branches, 379 ATMs, 120 CDMs and 4500 PoS terminals.

The international operations consist of a branch each in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait and a Representative Office in Dubai (UAE). BankMuscat currently owns 49% of BMI Bank B.S.C ©, an independent bank in Bahrain. The Bank also has a 43% stake in the Mangal Keshav Group, one of the oldest and most respected securities houses in the fast-growing Indian equities market, 97% stake in Muscat Capital LLC, a newly created brokerage and investment banking entity in Saudi Arabia, besides a stake in Silkbank Ltd. in Pakistan.

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