BORROWERS are asked to see their banks about any issues over their loan repayment in light of the COVID-19 community outbreak.
Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) issued the advisory, Monday.
This came after CBSI waived three regulatory policies for financial institutions.
- CBSI has waived the application of paragraphs 33, 34 and 40 of prudential guideline 2 (PG2) and application of paragraph 7 of PG8. The former relates to classification of loans considered under COVID-19 relief package and loan loss provisioning.
- The waiver to paragraph 7 of PG8 allows licensed financial institutions to change or introduce new interests, fees & charges without the 30 calendar days required before implementing such changes.
- This waiver is effective for six months from the date, Thursday 3rd February 2022.
In a statement, CBSI said:
“This action is necessary in light of the current COVID-19 community transmission which is adversely disrupting business operations of households and/or individuals resulting in weak cash flows to repay loan commitments on time.
“Meanwhile, CBSI encourages bank customers to talk with their respective bank or credit institution on appropriate COVID-19 relief packages for their consideration during this difficult time of community transmission of the coronavirus.”