The Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB) launched the Budapest Renminbi Initiative Conference at the end of March 2015 in connection with the central bank’s Renminbi Program to strengthen ties between PBoC and MNB. The aim of the Budapest Renminbi Initiative is to take advantage of the growing international weight of the renminbi, to strengthen Budapest's regional role in the Chinese-Central European economic relationship and to strengthen Chinese-Hungarian foreign economic relations. An important goal of the MNB with the initiative is to broaden the range of investment and financing sources in Hungary and to promote the growth of cross-border economic activity.

The Budapest Renminbi Initiative Conference, to be held for the seventh time on 4 May 2023 in hybrid format (preferably in physical format, broadcasted online), intends to contribute to these goals through the development of Chinese-Hungarian economic diplomatic relations and international knowledge sharing. This year the conference will be organized in partnership with the Bank of China CEE Limited.


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The main topic of the 2023 conference will be the financial interconnectivity and green transition, the opportunities of central banks in the environmentally sustainable financial transformation, and the role of the renminbi in the CEE region. Lead speeches and panel discussions will be organized into two main topics:


  1. Budapest as a financial hub in the CEE region – Renminbi financing and Chinese banks in Hungary
  2. Sustainable finance, green funding and opportunities for central banks


Renminbi Initiative Conference 2023

 „Financial interconnectivity and green transition”

4 May 2023 (Thursday)

Preliminary program

9:30- 10:00 Registration

10:00-11:00 High-level opening ceremony 

11:00-11:20 Coffee break

11:20-12:20 Panel 1.: Budapest as a financial hub in the CEE region – Renminbi financing and Chinese banks in Hungary

  • The Central and Eastern European region, including our country, is in an important location on the map of the financial world: a link between European markets and the New Silk Road. Therefore, the financial networks of the two economic powerhouses connect in the region's capitals.
  • Over the past decade Budapest, Warsaw and Vienna have become important centres of the foreign activity of Chinese giant banks promoting the internationalisation of the renminbi.
  • The panel discussion aims to explore the business opportunities in the CEE region for Chinese players and provide insights into the domestic and regional activities of the world's largest financial institutions.

Lead speaker

  • Mr. Li Kexin, CEO, Bank of China (CEE) Zrt. (confirmed)

Panel discussion


  • Mr. László Vastag, Executive Director, MNB (confirmed)


  • Mr. Zhao Xiaowei, Deputy General Manager, ICBC (Europe) S.A. Luxemburg (confirmed)
  • Ms. Fang Ruixue, Head of Preparatory Team for Budapest Representative Office, China Development Bank (confirmed, online)
  • Mr. Chen Zhanqing, Deputy General Manager, China Construction Bank (Europe) SA (confirmed)

12:20-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Panel 2.: Sustainable finance, green funding and opportunities for central banks

  • Nowadays, there is no question that financial actors need to take climate change risks into account. The markets for several traditional financial instruments have now been extended with a green segment: green government bonds, green mortgage bonds, green housing loans.
  • Many central banks, including the MNB and the PBoC, have also played a pioneering role in making finance sustainable and greening the financial system.
  • The aim of the panel discussion is to present the major dilemmas facing the environmentally sustainable financial transformation, the current development of green financial instruments markets and the opportunities for central bank involvement.

Lead speaker

  • Mr. Ádám Banai, Executive Director, MNB (confirmed)

Panel discussion


  • Mr. Pál Péter Kolozsi, Director, MNB (confirmed)


  • Mr. Wing Thye Woo, Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of California, Davis (confirmed)
  • Mr. Alain Naef, Research Economist, Banque de France (confirmed)
  • Mr. Zhang Bei, Deputy Director-General, Research Bureau of the People’s Bank of China (confirmed, online)

Closing remarks

  • Mr. Mihály Patai, Deputy Governor, MNB (confirmed)


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