China's chief securities regulator has assured Hong Kong it will remain the primary listing venue for mainland enterprises. 'Hong Kong, as an international financial centre, will have an important role in promoting China's financial sector to tap the international market,' Zhou Daojiong , chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), said. He told the International Organisation of Securities Commissions in Montreal, Canada, the system, experiences and new products of Hong Kong's securities markets would serve as reference and guide to China's securities markets. 'The Hong Kong market will continue to be the main place for Chinese enterprises seeking overseas listing,' Mr Zhou said. There are 22 enterprises listed in Hong Kong as H shares and two in New York as N shares. Mr Zhou said the commission would speed up the listing of state enterprises in the territory and soon would select the fourth batch of large and medium-sized enterprises for listing. Of the previous three batches, 13 enterprises have yet to be floated.