"We Cannot Lend Money Senselessly"

The Central Bank of Honduras is pressuring bankers to enlarge their credit portfolios, but banks are resisting any change to their risk policies.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

In statements in La Tribuna, the well-known banker, Jorge Bueso Arias, insisted that "it is not that [the Central Bank] wants to put forth mandates, but rather... it wants that we increase our credit portfolio, and I have said publicly that our main responsibility is to our depositors,... and we cannot begin to 'to lend senselessly' to anyone that comes in requesting credit without taking the measures that banking prudence implies...”

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