Monday, June 30, 2014

BVI and CI as Main Offshore Jurisdictions for Chinese Capital

In the South China Morning Post publication, BVI and Cayman Islands were named the main offshore hubs for China, which get the largest part of Chinese investments in the Caribbean region. The US government body informs that of US$62.1 billion in outward direct investment flows by 2012, all but US$282 million went to these two jurisdictions, while all the other Caribbean countries received only US$31 million.

By the scale of the fund flows, the British Virgin Islands has become the second-largest destination for mainland Chinese overseas direct investment after Hong Kong, being the preferred offshore tool for structuring investments into and out of Asia. 

According to the report published by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, in 2010, British Virgin Islands companies were responsible for US$111 billion, or 10 per cent, of foreign direct investment in China. Chinese companies invested US$69 billion overseas, of which 75% was handled by companies domiciled in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. In 2012, FDI flows to the British Virgin Islands reached US$2.24 billion, while the stock of these investments amounted to US$30.85 billion.

Last year’s opening of BVI House Asia in Hong Kong facilitated the increase in fund flows. The review commission stated that China's ties with the Caribbean had strengthened over the decade, and are likely to continue expansion.

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