Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) --
Consolidated balance of the National Bank for Foreign Economic Relations of Uzbekistan (NBU) reached 5.577 trillion soums, including off-system turnover 4.227 trillion soums, at the end of the first quarter of 2009.
The bank’s credit portfolio made up 2.123 trillion soums as of 1 April 2009. NBU allocated creits for 262 billion soums in the first quarter of 2009, of which 91 billion were directed to small and private businesses. The growth rate made up 35% year-on-year.
NBU selected 216 projects for US$499.3 million to finance due to foreign credit lines, of which 215 projects for US$490.8 million were approved. The credit sum made up US$291.2 million.
The bank emitted 101,100 plastic cards in the reporting period and their total number reached 1.42 million. The bank issued 423,700 plastic cards on so called salary project (30%).
Transactions on plastic cards rose 3.4 times to 75.4 billion soums in the first three months of 2009. The bank installed its 3,865 terminals at 3,541 trade-service points.
As of 1 April 2009, the bank issued 1.8 billion soums as overdraft, which is up 1.8 times year-on-year.