The decision by the National Assembly to pass the Banking (Amendment) Bill, 2015 has triggered intense debate on the anticipated consequences of controlling the pricing of loans by commercial banks in Kenya. If approved by the President in the form presented to him, the new law will cap lending rates at four percent above the Central Bank Rate (CBR) and set minimum interest rate for deposits in interest-earning accounts at 70 percent of the CBR.
Parliamentary Petition to Disband CRB Mechanism is Retrogressive
A number of concerns have arisen about credit information sharing (CIS). Many of these are indeed myths about credit reference bureaus. John Lenon once said, ‘’ I believe in everything until it is disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind.’’
By Rafe Mazer and Kate McKee, CGAP (www.cgap.org) for CIS Kenya
Who owns the data generated by mobile money customers’ transactions?
In January, 2016, Safaricom announced a new way for consumers to access statements for their mobile money accounts. With a simple enrollment via short code, you can now receive a detailed statement of all your M-Pesa activity each month or request a statement for the past 6 months.
The economy is not dominated by large and multinational corporations. SME‘s are greatly responsible for economic growth and therefore are an important sector to focus on. Creditinfo Georgia has invested to develop specific tools to help companies provide better, more effective decisions to enable greater access to finance for SMEs.
The experience of the over-indebtedness crisis amongst the poorest in Kosovo and other regions such Andhra Pradesh in India is still a clear memory to those who had to manage the human and financial fallout from these situations. This type of crisis is caused by 2 factors; excessive liquidity largely from donor funded institutions and secondly no credit bureau infrastructure, or usage of it.
Recent developments in Credit Information Sharing will see Kenya’s rise in Ease of Doing Business Ranking.