Wazni Says BDL Made ‘First Positive Step’ on Deposits
Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni hailed the central bank’s decision regarding small depositors which he said aims to protect their savings, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.
Banque du Liban circular is “a positive step aiming to protect the rights and funds of small depositors with accounts under 5 million Lebanese pounds and under 3,000 U.S. dollars,” said Wazni.
But the Minister added that “similar steps must be taken in the next phase to include depositors with accounts over 5 million Lebanese pounds and over 3,000 dollars.”
He said the parameters of BDL’s decision apply to %61.5 of accounts in Lebanese banks, totaling to 1.725 million bank accounts.
The Minister emphasized that the "money of depositors, especially the small depositors, are sacred and must be protected.”