Business Recorder, Thursday, March 12, 2015 Parliamentary panel on finance approves Draft Credit Bureaus Act


The standing committee of the Parliament on Finance, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatisation approves draft of Credit Bureaus Act, 2015. According to State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the Standing Committee of the Parliament on Finance, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatisation recently held a meeting to discuss the Draft Credit Bureaus Act, 2015 in order to provide the incorporation, functioning and regulation of credit bureaus in private sector.

During the meeting, Saeed Ahmed Deputy Governor State Bank of Pakistan, briefed the committee about the contents of the proposed law and submitted comparison of the main clauses of ten other countries, as advised earlier by the Committee. After detailed deliberations, a sun set clause has been inserted in the draft law to oust the eCIB of State Bank of Pakistan and Section 33 regarding dispute resolution amended, SBP said.

Further, the State Bank of Pakistan has been empowered to prescribe the amount of paid-up capital as in case of banks, micro finance banks, payment system operators, exchange companies etc under the relevant laws. The Deputy Governor assured the committee that the powers sought in the Draft Act will be exercised in a highly professional and prudent manner.

According to SBP, the Standing Committee after reviewing the requisite changes approved the Draft Credit Bureaus Act, 2015. Going forward, the Government of Pakistan and the State Bank of Pakistan will prepare Rules and Regulations respectively and will submit the same before the Committee.