SBP to retain 2-year record of borrowers’ default, late payments

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Friday announced that it will retain credit history of defaulters and delayed payments in Electronic Credit Information Bureau (eCIB) from July 01, 2021.
Currently the eCIB is maintaining the credit history of default and delayed payment of borrowers only for one year. The SBP in a statement said that from July 2021, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has decided to include two years’ history of negative/overdue information for consumer/individual borrowers’ in the eCIB reports of State Bank of Pakistan in line with international practices. Currently, the eCIB report reflects negative/overdue information for consumer/individual borrowers’ for one year.
Electronic Credit Information Bureau (eCIB ) of SBP collects and collates credit data on borrowers from its member Financial Institutions (FIs). The financial data is then aggregated in the system and the resulting information, in the form of credit reports, is made available online to the member FIs for the purpose of credit assessment, credit scoring and credit risk management. The major purpose of this database is to enable the Financial Institutions (FIs) to know the credit history of their current and prospective customers thus enabling them to make informed and timely lending decisions.
The decision was undertaken by the SBP to align its eCIB policies with international practices and to meet the Ease of Doing Business Survey (EODB) requirement of displaying at least two years history in the eCIB reports. The same will help in the enhancement of the credit assessment capability of the member FIs of their current and potential customers. – TLTP

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