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Uzbek banks' aggregate capital triples in five years

During the past five years, the aggregate capital, assets and total loan portfolio of banks in Uzbekistan grew more than threefold, Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of the country Ahadbek Haydarov stated on Friday, speaking at the sixth International Investment and Finance Forum held in Tashkent. "Positive changes observed in the structure of the resource base of the banks' loan portfolio should also be noted. Particularly during recent years, the share of domestic sources in the loan portfolio of the banks increased to 86 per cent compared to 46 per cent in 2000, with a corresponding reduction in the share of foreign loans," Haydarov said. The share of the population's deposits and economic bodies increased in the structure of the banks' resource base at an annual growth rate of 31 per cent for 2007-2012.

According to Haydarov, these trends show a significant increase of financial intermediation and the investment role of the commercial banks in the economy of the country.

Sustainable development of the banking system is a result of the special attention paid by the government and the Central Bank to ensure effective management and supervision of the banking system. A set of regulations and rules governing the banks' activities was developed on the basis of recommendations of the Basel Committee and international standards already in place in 1998. Moreover, the Central Bank applies effective mechanisms of remote supervision and inspections which are conducted on a regular basis, the representative of the Central Bank noted.

"Effective banking supervision and other factors helped to ensure stability and sustainable development of the banking system as confirmed by financial indicators. In particular, the capital adequacy ratio comprises on average over 24 per cent, while the standard rate of the Central Bank is10 per cent and the Basel Committee at eight per cent. Another important point is the liquidity ratio, comprising 65 per cent on average exceeding international requirements more than twice," Haydarov said.

The level of problem loans as of 2012 amounted to 0.5 per cent of the total loans. In addition, for the further quality increase of loan portfolios of commercial banks in 2004, the National Institute of Credit Information was created in order to ensure the effectiveness of banking supervision and to identify potential risks in the system.

In 2012, Uzbekistan established the credit bureau 'Credit Information Analytical Centre' whose main purpose is to improve the credit information exchange system, to reduce banking risks and increase the efficiency of services provided to banks and other financial institutions. Currently, all banks in the country have an access to the database of the credit bureau.

At present, Uzbekistan has a two-level banking system which includes the Central Bank of the Republic and 29 commercial banks. The commercial banking sector consists of three state-owned and 13 joint-stock commercial banks, four banks with foreign capital, and nine other private banks which together have more than 4100 branches and mini-banks across the country.

Along with the commercial banks there are 75 non-bank financial institutions in the country engaged in micro financing. As of April 1, 2013, the number of banking institutions per 100,000 adults equalled nearly 50 units, while the number of individuals' bank accounts amounted to 1,027 per thousand adults

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