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Moneylenders to get same training as bankers. Central Bank circular regulatin g further ‘Comptoirs de crédit’

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The Central Bank (BDL) has issued a new regulation requiring certain executives in moneylending businesses to have qualifications similar to those required by people holding comparable jobs in banks and financial institutions. The prerequisites pert….
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BDL to raise ceiling for industrial export soft loans. Conditions to ease in a bid to benefit SMEs

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The Central Bank (BDL) will raise the ceiling of soft loans provided by banks to finance the working capital of industrial exporters to $3 million from $2 million, according to Wael Hamdan, Director of BDL’s Financing Unit.

The decision is an….
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Banks get to open more branches per year. BDL Circular aims to expand financial inclusion

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The Central Bank (BDL) will allow banks to increase the number of branches to three per year, up from two currently, provided that at least one of the new branches uses modern technology, according to BDL’s intermediate circular 467.

BDL said….
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$3.2 million for UK-Lebanon Tech Hub. Fund provided by BDL

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Nicolas Sehnaoui, Chairman of the UKLTH, announced a fund of $3.5 million as an investment for the UK-Lebanon Tech Hub (UKLTH). The fund is being provided by the Central Bank (BDL). The amount matches the $2.5 million investment provided by the Brit….
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470 financial crimes reported Special Investigation Comm.. Cases of terrorism financing up 70 percent

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The Central Bank’s Special Investigation Commission (SIC) said it received 470 cases related to financial crimes last year, up nine percent compared with 2015.

The number of crimes reported by local sources totaled 363. The remaining 107 case….
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Bank Audi sells cards unit to M1 Group. Deal estimated at $185 million

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Bank Audi has sold its electronic payment and card services business to M1 Financial Technologies, a subsidiary of M1 Group. M1 will operate the business via Areeba SAL.

The value of the deal is $185 million, but is subject to adjustment of u….
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Lucid Investments gains banking license. To execute growth strategy in activities and scope

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The final step to transform local financial company Lucid Investments into a licensed bank has been approved by the Central Bank (BDL). The corporation will now operate under the name of Lucid Investment Bank. The specialized bank has increased its….
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BLC Bank shuts down investment subsidiary. To focus more on commercial banking

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BLC Bank, part of the Fransabank group, has shut down its investment subsidiary, BLC Invest.

The bank said in a statement that it is concentrating on commercial banking activities and for this reason, it has absorbed all of the assets and lia….
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Green loans subject to new changes. Semi-annual follow-up reports among new requirements

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A new set of technical eligibility criteria for National Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action (NEEREA) loans has been announced.

The criteria were finalized by the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) based on a request f….
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