MOF relaunch Kabul Bank privatization process
By wadsam - Tue Sep 03 2013, 7:04 pm
Mohammad Aqa Kohistani, director of treasury at the Ministry, promised a transparent bidding process for the privatization of the bank.
National and international investors are expected to participate and the bids will be published in local and international newspapers.
Beginning today, calls for registration (CFR) would close at the end of the current month. The bids will be opened in the presence of media outlets.
In March of this year, Kabul Bank’s only bid offered by a local consortium known as MTZ was rejected by the Ministry of Finance, as the firm’s plans were not consistent with the current banking system.
The officials said new recommendations would be submitted to the president.
Three domestic and two international groups were approved through the Expression of Interest stage for the purchase of New Kabul Bank shares, but only one stepped forward to bid.
The bidders approved included, Ali Akbar Zhawandai Consortium (called MTZ), Forbes and Manhattan, Kru Capital Partners, Afghanistan International Bank and the Amania Group.
The only bid received was from the Ali Akbar Zhanwandai Consortium, involving Afghan investors.
Kabul Bank was seized by the government in 2010 after the exposure of a staggering $900 million fraud, which led the International Monetary Fund to temporarily halt its hundreds of millions of dollars of loans to the country.
Renamed New Kabul Bank, the institution was bailed out by the government.