Honduran Central Bank reduces reserves

Starting on December 6, the legal reserves in local currency will be reduced to 0% and will be lowered by five points for deposits in foreign currency.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The measure, announced by the president of the Central Bank, Edwin Araque, seeks to increase liquidity in the financial system by some $251 million (4.8 billion lempiras) which the banks will have available to offer in credit.

Edwin Araque added that they will provide a minimum amount of $105 million (2 billion lempiras) to continue financing the construction sector and an additional $159 million (3 billion lempiras) for other sectors.

Araque explained that those $246 million (5 billion lempiras) will help to finance the agriculture sector, the industrial sector, the services sector and the textiles sector which will also have access to these resources.

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Honduras announces changes for operations in US dollars

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The Central Bank announced that it will temporarily suspend all liquid operation in dollars in the banking system.

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Reduction of reserves does not help Honduran micro businesses

November 2008

The reduction of the legal reserves to zero percent that was adopted by the Central Bank of Honduras does not guarantee resources for small businesses.

When the Central Bank lowers the interest rates so that more resources are available in the market, this money does not reach the small producer, but goes to banks which do not lend to small producers because they have no guarantees, bank accounts or profit and loss statements and are therefore excluded from these benefits, the president of the Association of National Industries (ANDI), Adolfo Facusse, lamented.

Central Bank of Honduras (BCH) reduces banking reserves

October 2008

In order to facilitate the economic growth in strategic productive sectors, the BCH reduced the banking reserves by 2 points.

On July 18, the BCH lowered the reserves by 5 points to 12; with the latest reduction on Wednesday it will now be at 10. For each point, the BCH releases $47.6 million (900 million lempiras) to private banks.

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