StanChart to open fully-fledged lending division in Egypt

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A StanChart branch in Nairobi.
A StanChart branch in Nairobi. PHOTO/COURTESY: NMG

Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart), is poised to establish a full-fledged banking operation in Egypt, instead of its current representative office set-up, after obtaining the in-principle approval from the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).

StanChart is currently proceeding in accordance with CBE’s requirements and as per Egyptian Banking in order to obtain the final approval for the branch’s establishment.

The move comes in light of the resilience and strength of the Egyptian economy. Thanks to the leadership of CBE, the banking sector has experienced great stability during the past few years, which enabled it to seamlessly manage various challenges.

CBE’s strategy established a successful framework focused on strengthening the sector’s financial solvency, ensuring effective governance, implementing precautionary measures that led to maintaining financial support and high capital requirements that is exceeding the established minimum, as well as high liquidity ratios. This reflected positively on the overall Egyptian economy.

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