West African Economic and Monetary Union : Financial Depth and Macrostability

Author/Editor:

Christina Kolerus ; Patrick A. Imam

Publication Date:

October 22, 2013

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The financial system in the WAEMU remains largely bank-based. The banking sector comprises 106 banks and 13 financial institutions, which together hold more than 90 percent of the financial system’s assets (about 54 percent of GDP at end-2011). Five banks account for 50 percent of banking assets. The ownership structure of the sector is changing fast, with the rapid rise of foreign-owned (pan-African) banks. This contributes to higher competition but also rising heterogeneity in the banking system, with large and profitable cross-country groups competing with often weaker country-based (and sometime government-owned) banks. Nonbank financial institutions are developing quickly, notably insurance companies, but remain overall small. This paper presents a detailed analysis of the banking system.

Series:

African Departmental Paper No. 13/6

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 22, 2013

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484348222/

Stock No:

WFEMUEA

Price:

$25.00 (Academic Rate:$22.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

45

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