Source: The policy of the Central Bank to increase the number of banks damaged the banking sector
9/12/2018

Knozmedia

A source in the Iraqi banking sector, Wednesday, that the policy of the Central Bank of Iraq to increase banks operating within Iraq, reflected negatively on the banking sector in addition to the impact on the work of the banking sector and profitability and the possibility of expansion horizontally.


The source said that "the policy of the Central Bank of Iraq to expand the number of banks operating within the country, has become adversely affect the economy of Iraq, because it came at the expense of quality and services," noting that "many of these banks will not be able to provide the necessary services in the face of wide competition" .


He added that "good banks that provide banking services to the citizen, were affected negatively because of the large banks," pointing out that "the central bank was supposed to be forcing banks to increase the number of branches rather than opening new banks."


The source said that "Iraq needs in the coming days to the banking sector by strengthening banks and not opening new banks, especially as neighboring countries the number of banks is very few compared to Iraq," noting that "the continuation of the policy of the Central Bank to open banks may lead to the weakening of the banking sector Significantly".


It is noteworthy that the number of banks operating within Iraq is about 80 banks, an increase of more than 600% since 2003.




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