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Central Bank Permits Importers To Borrow In Foreign Currency

Central Bank Permits Importers To Borrow In Foreign Currency

The Bank of the Lao PDR has permitted commercial banks to release loans in foreign currency to importers, including those who currently have no income in foreign currency.
The central bank issued a decision recently to relax borrowing restrictions, which previously allowed only those having income in foreign currency to borrow in …. Continue reading

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Unlawful Financial Institutions Warned of Legal Action

Unlawful Financial Institutions Warned of Legal Action

Illegal financial institutions that have sourced funds by offering abnormally high interest rates will face legal measures, the governor of the central bank has warned.
Governor of the Bank of the Lao PDR, Dr Somphao Phaysith, told the ongoing ordinary session of the National Assembly (NA) that 24 institutions have been found acquiring deposits illegally. He said the bank has issued a notice instructing these institutions to ….. Continue reading

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Many Banks In Laos Refuse To Sell Foreign Currencies

Many banks in Laos refuse to sell foreign currencies

Many people want to buy foreign currencies especially dollars and baht for transactions including the import or purchase of foreign goods but currently customers are confused as to the current situation regarding foreign exchange.
Customers who need kip to buy dollars or baht at the Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao Public (BCEL) can only …. Continue reading

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Banks Cut Interest Rates On Kip Accounts, Raise For Foreign Currencies

Banks Cut Interest Rates On Kip Accounts, Raise For Foreign Currencies

Commercial banks in Laos have lowered the interest rates charged on loans and offered on kip accounts in line with a recent decision made by the Bank of the Lao PDR, hoping to stimulate economic activity.
Conversely banks have raised the interest rates offered on Thai baht and US dollar deposit accounts hoping to build up ….. Continue reading

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BOL Teams Up With Police To Combat Money Laundering

BOL teams up with police to combat money laundering

The government is taking a tough stance on financial transparency as well as crime prevention, especially in the area of money laundering, to help encourage foreign direct investment in Laos.
As part of government’s efforts to bring the country’s financial standards in line with international systems, the Bank of the Lao PDR (BOL)’s Anti-Money Laundering Intelligence Unit yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the …. Continue reading

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Banks To Issue More Loans Despite Lower Rates

Banks to issue more loans despite lower rates

Despite the fact that the Bank of the Lao PDR (BOL) recently declared a lower interest rate for deposits and loans, many banks in Laos believe the number of depositors and borrowers will not decrease in the years to come.
ACLEDA Bank Lao Ltd. is one of several banks that have expressed confidence that the lower interest rate will not cause a decrease in ….. Continue reading

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