The mainland will further ease its monetary policy and loosen the funding tap for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The People's Bank of China was likely to lower the level of reserves it requires lenders to maintain by another two to three rounds in coming months.

Last Friday, the central bank lowered the so-called reserve requirement ratio by half a percentage point to 20.5 per cent for larger banks and 18.5 per cent for smaller banks, releasing an estimated 400 billion yuan (HK$492.67 billion) in additional lending supply.

While more funding was made available across the border, SMEs in Hong Kong were also given greater access to financing through the Hong Kong government offer of guaranteeing up to 80 per cent of loans in a HK$100 billion financing scheme revealed earlier this month.

Banks had grown more confident about lending since the European Central Bank injected liquidity into the euro-zone banking system in response to the sovereign debt crisis.

In addition, Greece yesterday finally secured US130 billion in finance from Europe's finance ministers, pre-empting a default on its borrowings. This will be positive to the market in the short term, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit on small and medium-sized enterprises.

At the summit, with a theme of entrepreneurship, Hong Kong SMEs were open to abundant opportunities under the mainland's 12th five-year plan for spurring domestic consumption.

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