Category: Regulation

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: International Finance Corporation (IFC), Mongolia Seek to Improve Secured-Transaction Payment System

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the US-based World Bank Group, has recently partnered with Mongolia’s Ministry of Justice to augment Mongolia’s regulatory system for secured-transaction payments, transactions between lenders and borrowers that are predicated on borrowers’ collateral. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Insurance Commission of the Philippines Promotes Alternative Dispute Resolution in Microinsurance

The Insurance Commission of the Philippines (ICP), a government agency that regulates and supervises the country’s insurance industry, has been holding seminars in various parts of the country to present its latest strategies in consumer protection for microinsurance clients. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Grants Preliminary Approval to Microlender Bandhan to Receive Banking License

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central bank, recently granted “in-principle” approval to the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), an Indian financial services provider based in the city of Mumbai, and Bandhan Financial Services Private Limited, a microfinance institution (MFI) based in the Indian city of Kolkata, to acquire banking licenses. Continue reading

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MICROFINANCE PUBLICATION ROUND-UP: Government Efforts to Achieve Financial Inclusion in India; Index-based Insurance in South, Southeast Asia; Microinsurance Claims Management

“Report of the Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low Income Households;” published by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI); December 31, 2013; 247 pages; available at http://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/PublicationReport/Pdfs/CFS070114RFL.pdf

This report was authored by the Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low Income Households, which was appointed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in September 2013 to propose measures for increasing access to financial services in India. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Peru-based Financiera Edyficar’s Acquisition of 61% Stake in Mibanco Receives Regulatory Approval

Peru-based microlender Financiera Edyficar (Edyficar), an operating subsidiary of Peruvian holding company Creditcorp, has received regulatory approval from the Peruvian Superintendency of Banks, Insurance and Pension Funds, the financial sector regulator in the country, for its proposed USD 179 million acquisition of a 60.7-percent stake in Mibanco, a Peruvian microfinance institution (MFI) that is a subsidiary of nonprofit holding company Grupo Accion Comunitaria del Peru (ACP). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: By December, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) May Issue First New Banking Licenses Since 2004

The Indian Express, a provider of business news in India, recently speculated that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central banking authority, will issue at least three new banking licenses either in the second quarter of 2014 or near the end of the year. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Allocates 60% of $1.3b Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises Development Fund to Promote Women’s Empowerment, Gender Equality

In a publication outlining guidelines for the operation of its Micro-, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s central banking authority, included a mandate to allocate 60 percent of the fund, or NGN 132 billion (USD 802 million), for on-lending to women-owned enterprises in an effort to promote the empowerment of women and to reduce gender inequality. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Government of Jamaica Introduces SIPP Registry of Collateral, “Super Form” for Business Registration to Support Micro-, Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)

The government of Jamaica has initiated the implementation of the Security Interests in Personal Property (SIPP) Registry to facilitate financial access for micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) by supporting the use of non-real estate assets, including movable items, as collateral [1][2]. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Considers Relaxing Capital Requirements for New Bank Licenses

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central banking authority, recently commissioned an investigative panel, the Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low Income Households (the Committee), to create a policy framework for achieving financial inclusion in India and to make formal recommendations on how to implement the framework. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Unfixes Microloan Interest Rate Cap to Vary Based on Cost of Funding

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central banking authority, has announced that as of April 1, 2014, it will remove the 26-percent interest rate cap established in 2011 on all microloans extended by microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the country. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Central Bank of Zimbabwe Imposes 5% Tax on Mobile Money Services

The Central Bank of Zimbabwe reportedly has imposed a five-percent tax on the fees charged to effect mobile money transactions such as cash transfers, cellular phone payments and utility bill payments following lobbying effort by the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe, a nonprofit organization of member banks. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Jamaican Ministry of Finance May Regulate Microfinance Institutions, Cap Interest Rate at 40%

The Jamaican Ministry of Finance reportedly has announced plans to regulate microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the country. This is made possible by the proposed Microcredit Act of 2013 that would replace the Moneylending Act of 1999. Under the new law, the maximum annual interest rate would be set at 40 percent. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Thailand’s Ministry of Finance Caps Microfinance Interest Rate at 3% Monthly, Sets Capital Requirement at $311k

Thailand’s Ministry of Finance has announced that beginning early in 2014, microfinance institutions (MFIs) will be able to apply for microfinance operating licenses from the Bank of Thailand, the country’s central bank [1] [2]. Continue reading

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