13-03-2016 07:45 PM
Orbit News –
Iraqi banking sources predicted increase in the number of branches of Lebanese banks operating in Iraq at the end of this year to 50 banks, belonging to ten Lebanese banks, it entered the Iraqi banking market five years ago to add a significant presence attracted circles wide audience, among them businessmen, investors , Iraqi and Lebanese and Arabs residents in Iraq.
He said banking expert Iraqi high Nasser Hussain in a statement to «life», said Lebanese banks which are distributed branch offices in Baghdad, Basra and Erbil and other Iraqi cities «have the history and experience of banking comprehensive compared to the banks of countries in the region, which is keen to provide banking products and services in a manner deals with the customer in a manner different from what was approved by theIraqi banks, making the Lebanese banks attract more Iraqi businessmen ».
He pointed out that Lebanese banks «entered the Iraqi market , taking advantage of future prospects, help her to activate the competition with banks from other countries at the forefront of Turkey and Iran.»
The banks «Byblos» and «Antrcntnal Lebanon» and «Beirut and the Arab Countries», had its first initiative to open branches in Baghdad, Erbil and Basra and Sulaymaniyah, and then followed by a «Mediterranean Bank» and «Lebanese bank – the French» and «Credit Libanais» and then «BLOM Bank» and « the Middle East and North Africa Bank» and «Fransabank» Finally «Bank Audi».
The Iraqi staff working in Lebanese banks, they are «fighting a new experience different from what was the case in Iraqi banks, in terms of the adoption of flexibility in dealing with the need to anticipate the risks, given the specificity of the Iraqi market and which is characterized by exceptional.»
Hussein pointed out that the Central Bank of Iraq «select operating capital for branches of Lebanese banks $ 7 million, and track management in Lebanon , which increases the capital of any of them on a billion dollars.»
He explained that «Central» Iraqi request of the foreign banks in Iraq, including the Lebanese to increase its capital to $ 70 million, to be able to increase the size of its activities, especially as the amount of capital in the Iraqi private banks select a ceiling of at least 250 billion Iraqi dinars , or about 215 Million dollars”.
Hussein noted «increase in the size of the Iraqis deal with the Lebanese banks, and businessmen Iraqis began receiving« Visa »cards issued by these banks to its weight globally by banking, and the availability of branches of international banking relationships and many».
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