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Project name
NBG Central Bank Mandatory Reserves Coverage in Serbia
Project ID
12211
Fiscal year
2014
Status
Active
Guarantee holder
National Bank of Greece S.A.
Investor country
Greece
Host country
Serbia
Environmental category
FI
Sector
Banking
Date SPG disclosed
January 29, 2014
Project Board date
March 26, 2014
Gross exposure
 $214.5 million
Project type
Non-SIP

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On March 31, 2014, MIGA issued a guarantee of €155.8 million ($214.5 million equivalent) covering investments by the National Bank of Greece S.A. (NBG) in its subsidiary in Serbia, Vojvodjanska Banka a.d. Novi Sad. The coverage is for a period of up to three years against the risk of expropriation of funds for mandatory reserves held by these subsidiaries.

Athens-based National Bank of Greece S.A. is a universal banking group with a network of retail banks across Southeast Europe and Turkey. NBG’s subsidiary banks abroad are required to maintain mandatory reserves at the central banks in their respective jurisdictions, generally based on the volume of customer deposits that these subsidiaries hold. The subsidiary banks are thereby exposed to the risk of expropriation of funds by their respective central banks. This exposure leads to higher risk weights on assets, resulting in increased capital allocation for country risk exposure. At this level, the risk weighting determines the amount of equity required to maintain a specified capital adequacy ratio in accordance with Greek banking law.

MIGA’s guarantee will help NBG obtain  relief from the  capital adequacy requirements by reducing the risk weighting for the mandatory reserves maintained by NBG’s subsidiary in Serbia. This will free up equity tied up for country risk purposes and allow NBG’s subsidiary to extend more credit that will stimulate growth, generate employment, and reduce poverty in the country.

MIGA’s coverage to NBG is consistent with the goals of the crisis response initiative for the Europe and Central Asia region launched by the World Bank Group in January 2012. As part of the initiative, MIGA seeks to support capital-constrained banks active in the region. The project is also aligned with the World Bank Group’s strategy for Serbia, as the country seeks to address the spillover from the financial crisis.

 
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