Banking Law and Practice in NCC Bank Limited
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The report discuss on to several Bank Acts and Policies that regulate the Commercial Banking Sector of Bangladesh. This report mainly highlighted the situation of Banking Laws by National Credit and Commerce Bank. Other objectives are to know compliance of NCCBL according to required laws and practices and understand the implementations of required laws and policies in decision-making. Finally explain SWOT analysis and find out some problems and suggest recommendation.

Objective of the report:

This report is aimed at providing me invaluable practical knowledge about banking laws & policies. It will also help me to develop my concept of banking and operations. The objectives are:

  • To relate theoretical knowledge with practical experience of the banking laws & practices.
  • To be acquainted with how bank perform its operation.
  • To study compliances of NCCBL according to required laws & practices.
  • To present my observation to the bank.
  • To make myself more confident and active in future to handle my job.
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of management of private bank.
  • Understand the implementations of required laws & policies in decision-making.

Sources of data:

Primary sources:

  • Face to face conversation with the respective officers if the NCCBL.
  •  Relevant document studies are provided by the officers concerned.
  •  From my working experience.
  •  Discussion with my supervisors.

Secondary Sources:

  • Annual Reports of NCCBL 2010.
  • Organizational charts
  • Daily Newspaper, Books, Journals etc.

 

An Overview of National Credit & Commerce Bank Limited

Introduction of National Credit and Commerce Bank Ltd.

Back in 1985, National Credit and Commerce Bank Ltd. started its journey in the financial sector of the country as an investment company. The aim of the company was to mobilize resources from within and invest them in such way so as to develop country’s Industrial and Trade Sector and playing a catalyst role in the formation of capital market as well. Its membership with the browse helped the company to a great extent in this regard. The company operated up to 1992 with 16 branches and thereafter with the permission of the Central Bank converted in to a full fledged private commercial Bank from 17 May, 1993 with an authorized capital of Tk 750 million divided into 7.5 million ordinary shares of Tk 100 each and paid up capital of Tk 195 million to serve the nation from a broader platform. It was incorporated in Bangladesh as a banking company under the Companies Act 1994. Since its inception NCC Bank Ltd. has acquired commendable reputation by providing sincere personalized service to its customers in a technology based in Bangladesh as a banking company under the Companies Act 1994.The Bank has set up a new standard in financing in the Industrial, Trade and Foreign exchange business. Its various deposit & credit products have also attracted the clients-both corporate and individuals who feel comfort in doing business with the Bank.

The Chairman of the Bank, Alhaj Md. Nurun Newaz is renowned business elite. The Vice Chairman Mr. Mustafizur Rahman is also prominent and experienced business elite. The Managing Director & CEO Mr. Mohammad Nurul Amin has long experience in domestic and international Banking. The Bank has made significant process within a very short time due to its very competent Board of Directors, Executive Committee, dynamic management and introduction of various customer friendly deposit and loan products with latest technologies.

 

Corporate Vision:

To Become the Bank of Choice in serving the nation as a progressive and  Socially Responsible financial institution  by bringing credit & commerce together for profit and sustainable growth.

Corporate Mission:

To mobilize financial resources from within and abroad to contribute to Agriculture, Industry & socio-economic development of the country and to play a catalytic role in the formation of capital market.

 

Functions of NCCBL

As a modern commercial bank the functions of NCCBL is quite wide and diverse. These are as follows:

  • Acceptance of deposit: In the deposit area, NCCBL has quite good number of deposit accounts, namely current accounts, savings accounts, fixed deposits and recurring accounts through which they mobilize deposits or borrow money from the members of the public.
  • Lending: Deposits collected by the NCCBL are not kept idle .The funds raised through deposits are lent to people needing those.
  • Investment: Another primary function of the NCCBL as incorporated in the N.I Act is investment for various purpose.
  • Agency Service: Under agency services fall many important functions of NCCBL.These are:
    • Collection and payment of Cheque
    • Payment on behalf of customers
    • Purchase and sale of stocks
    • Acting as trustees.
    • Acting as correspondents

 

General functions: NCCBL now a day render may other services to the customers. In those cases they do not act as agents of the customers .The general services rendered by the banks are usually of the following types :

  • Opening Letter Of Credit
  • Safe Custody
  • Dealing in Foreign Exchange
  • Complete service in foreign trade
  • Providing credit reports
  • Acting as source of information
  • Underwriting of loans
  • Providing advisory services
  • Providing Remittance facilities

 

NCCBL at a Glance

Performance of the Bank: Despite various seat backs in economy, Banks performance may be termed as satisfactory in respect of deposit mobilization and profit earning .During the year under review the bank could enhance quality of its assets and recovered its over dues from default borrowers. At the end of the year, bank’s operating profit stood at Tk. 10157.99million as against Tk. 9333.03 million of the year 2009.

Asset Quality: Like previous years, Bank’s efforts for maintaining quality asset portfolios continued. A crash programme was undertaken by putting team efforts to recover /regularize Bad/Irregular Loans and Advances .Recovery of Bad Loans contributed to higher profitability of the Bank during the year. Classified loan position at the end of the year 2010 was 2.27% as against 2.84% in 2009 of total Advances.

 

Electronic Banking: All possible steps have been taken to introduce technology based banking Products and Services to the customers. In line with this, NCCBL IT Division has already brought all the Branches under On-Line Banking facility and running Real Time Online Banking System unhindered since 2008. Its Credit Card business is also increasing in spite of competition in the market during the year. Number of card marketed is getting strong despite cautious and careful policy being followed in card marketing.

SWIFT

NCCBL  is one of the active members of SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) SWIFT is members owned co-operative, which provides a fast and accurate communication network for financial transactions such as Letters of Credit, Fund transfer etc.

Foreign Remittance: NCCBL has attached to highest priority to boost up foreign exchange remittance business. To motivate and also to ensure increased remittance inflow, it has remittance agreements with various overseas exchange houses and money transfer companies. NCCBL has made an arrangement with reputed NGO-TMSS to use their 250   remote outlets to extend quick and efficient delivery if remittance to the beneficiaries living in rural areas of the country under a joint venture called RPCF  with DFID and Bangladesh bank.

SME and Agri. Financing: In order to diversify NCCBL Loans and Advances portfolio, it is extending credit facility to SME and Agri.-sector on priority basis. It has a separate SME wing to meet the demand of the small and medium entrepreneurs. Under this wing, NCCBL has disbursed nearly Tk.947.00 crore up to 2010.

Corporate Social Responsibility: The Bank recognizes its responsibility to the society. In order to discharge its social responsibilities a number of seminars have been arranged in the issues relevant to economy and society paving a way of finding new perspective.

Customer Relationship Management: The Bank has since been succeeded in establishing a progressive image in the minds of the people through its various products and Services. To keep this up, publicity and media coverage have been invigorated in 2010. Moreover, the bank organizes get together meeting of its valued clients to share their views and suggestions to improve its customer services.

Capital market operation: The brokerage house was established with all modern facilities to keep help the potential investors to trade in a hassle free environment. Several Branches of the Bank’s Brokerage House have been opened during last few years. As per guideline of Bangladesh Bank and The Securities & Exchange Commission, NCC Bank has taken necessary steps to form a subsidiary company for Merchant Banking.

Corporate Governance: To bring fairness in governance, establish accountability, identify responsibility and to safe guard depositors fund it is of great importance to establish Corporate Governance in the organization like banks and Financial institutions to ensure accountability and fairness in functions of the company and to comply with the statutory requirements, due care has been taken by NCCBL to improve Corporate Governance.

Human resources development: The management of NCCBL must ensure recruiting quality manpower to deliver personalized services to its clients and thereby to earn good profit and to earn its goodwill. The training institute Training institute of NCCBL is engaged in imparting training on regular basis among employees.

Network of Branches: The bank has plan to expand to its business network to reach large section of the potential clients living in remote areas. Now the total branch of NCCBL is 85.

Managing Core risks in Bank: In complying with the guidelines of Bangladesh Bank all possible measures have been taken to manage core risk in 06(six) major areas of Banking operations such as, Credit Risk ,Foreign Exchange Risk , Asset Liability Management Risk Prevention Of  Money Laundering, Information Technology Risk.

Audit and inspection: The Bank has separate Audit and Inspection Unit under Internal control and compliance Division, which identifies lapses and irregularities in the operational level and suggests corrective measures against those. This unit conducts Audit and Inspection of the branches both on regular and surprise basis under specific guidelines. Besides, there is also Managing Director’s vigilant team to conduct special surprise inspection as and when asked for.

 

 

Highlights of Success

IndicatorsAmount in BDT million
Ratios20102009
Loans & Advances63230.1450387.68
Non Performing Loan1425.281420.57
Deposits67961.2453900.15
Investment10980.819671.53
Net interest income2486.471527.025
Total operating income10157.999333.03
Net profit after tax2371.681719.50
EPS5.337.53
ROA2.84%2.61%
ROE25.35%28.49%
Total asset83554.1865937.49
NPL ratio2.27%2.84%
Loan to deposit ratio93.04%93.48%
Risk weighted capital10033.976322.42
Capital Adequacy Ratio10.9113.55

 

SWOT Analysis

SWOT analysis is the detailed study of an organization’s exposure and potential in perspective of its strength, weakness, opportunity and threat. This facilitates the organization to make their existing line’ of performance and also foresee the future to improve their performance in comparison to their competitors.

Strengths:

  • NCC Bank Limited has already established a favorable .reputation in the banking industry of the country. It is one of the leading private sector commercial banks in Bangladesh. The bank has already shown a tremendous growth in the profits and deposits sector.
  • NCC Bank has provided its banking service with a top leadership and management position. The top management officials have all worked in reputed banks and their years of banking experience, skill, and expertise will continue to contribute towards further expansion of the bank.
  • NCC Bank Limited has already achieved a leading position in remittance business among the private banks.
  • NCC Bank has an interactive corporate culture. The working environment is very friendly, interactive and informal. And, there are no hidden barriers or boundaries while communicate between the superior and the employees. This corporate culture provides as a great motivation factor among the employees.

Weakness:

  • The bank failed to provide a strong quality-recruitment policy in the lower and some mid level position. As a result the services of the bank seem to be deprived in the present days.
  • Some of the job in NCC Bank has slow growth or advancement path. So lack of motivation exists in persons filling those positions. This is a weakness of NCC Bank for having a group of unsatisfied employees.
  • In terms of promotional sector, NCC Bank has to more emphasize on that.

Opportunity:

  • A large number of private banks coming into the market in the recent time. In this competitive environment NCC Bank must expand its product line to enhance its sustainable competitive advantage. In that product line, they can increase the ATM facility to compete with the local and the foreign bank. They can also expand credit card and debit card system for their potential customer.
  • In order to reduce the business risk, NCC bank has to expand their business portfolio. The Management can consider option of starting merchant banking or diversify into leasing and insurance sector.

Threats:

  • All sustain multinational banks and upcoming foreign, private banks posse’s enormous threats to NCC Bank Limited. If that happens the intensity of competition will rise further and banks will have to develop strategies to compete against an on slough of foreign banks.
  • The default risks of all terms of loan have to be minimizing in order to sustain in the financial market. Because default risk leads the organization towards to bankrupt. NCC Bank has to remain vigilant about this problem so that proactive strategies are taken to minimize this problem if not elimination.

 

Selected Issues of Banking Law & Practice

Use of the Word “Bank” or any of its derivatives:

Every company carrying on the business of banking in Bangladesh shall use the word “bank” or any of its derivatives as part of its name and no company other than a banking company shall use in its name any word calculated to indicate that it is a banking company:

Provided that nothing in this section shall apply to –

a) Any subsidiary company of a banking company formed for one or more of the purposes mentioned in subsection (1) of section 26;

b) any association of banks formed for the protection of their mutual interest and registered under section 26 of the Company Act.

Provided further that the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, and subject to the conditions determined therein, grant the right to use the word “bank” or any of its derivatives as part of its name to any company completely or partly owned or controlled by the Bangladesh Bank, including non-banking companies.

According to the Banking Company Act 1991, No company shall carry out banking business in Bangladesh without obtaining a license from Bangladesh Bank. Bangladesh Bank decides to grant license after considering the need and overall strategy congenial to effective monetary and financial sector policy for the country. Bangladesh Bank must be satisfied that some terms and conditions for the establishment of a commercial bank.

 

Principal Activities of NCCBL:

The commercial banking business activities of NCC Bank Ltd encompass a wide range of services including accepting deposits, making loans, discounting bills, conducting money transfer, foreign exchange transactions and performing other related services such as safekeeping collection, issuing guarantees, acceptances and letter of credits through its branches in Bangladesh.

The bank undertakes investments of its fund in the share investment and also engaged in buying and selling of securities for its customers through Brokerage House. The bank carries out all these activities using a membership of Dhaka stock Exchange Ltd. & Chittagong Stock Exchange Ltd. Moreover, as per guideline of Bangladesh Bank and The Securities & Exchange Commission, Bank has taken steps to form tow subsidiary companies for Stock Brokerage business and Merchant Banking.

 

Range wise Shareholdings as on 31 December, 2010

Range of holdingsNo. of holders% of holdingsNo. of Shares
Less than 5,0007559013.8162165663
5,001 to 10,00022563.7917066110
10,001 to 20,0009553.0813860756
20,001 to 30,0002701.506747600
30,001 to 40,0001110.894007850
40,001 to 50,000940.954275430
50,001 to 1,00,0001862.9213140230
1,00,001 to 2,00,000942.9813429716
2,00,001 to 3,00,000371.988921525
3,00,001 to 4,00,000241.868370030
4,00,001 to 5,00,000151.526822200
5,00,001 to 10,00,000497.5433947780
10,00,001 to 1,00,00,0007847.33213055240
1,00,00,001 to 10,00,00,00049.8544315200
Total79763100.00450125300

From above tables (02), I have found that any of the shareholders of NCC Bank Ltd. does not hold more than 5.00% of total no. of shares. So, voting rights of any shareholder do not exceed the limit in Banking Act, 1991 of five percent of total voting rights.

 

 

Reserve Fund:

Every banking company incorporated in Bangladesh shall create a reserve fund and if the amount in such fund together with the amount in the share premium account is not less than its paid-up capital or the amount of the premium settled from time to time in this behalf for any banking company by the Bangladesh Bank, shall, out of the profit as disclosed in the profit and loss account prepared under section 38 and before any money is transferred to the Government or declared as profit, transfer to the reserve fund a sum equivalent to not less than twenty per cent of that profit.
Where a banking company appropriates any money from the reserve fund or the share premium account for any purpose, it shall, within twenty-one days from the date of such appropriation, report the fact to the Bangladesh Bank:
Provided that the Bangladesh Bank may extend the period for such report or condone any delay in the making of such report.

 

Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR)

The Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) for the scheduled banks, except banks operating under the Islamic Shariah and the specialized banks is 19% of their demand and time liabilities, excluding interbank items since December 15, 2010. The SLR for the Islamic banks is 11.5% the specialized banks except BASIC bank are exempted from maintaining SLR.

Statutory Reserve in NCC Bank:

            Opening Balance on 1 January 2010                                        Tk.1,89,38,17,316

            Addition during the year (20% of pre-tax profit)                     Tk.   6,4,96,46,101

            Closing Balance at 31 December 2010                                Tk.2,54,34,63,417

Form of Reserve Maintenance:

  1. Treasury Bills
  2. Treasury Bonds
  3. Debenture
  4. Foreign Currency balance with Bangladesh Bank.

General Reserve in NCC Bank:

Opening Balance on 1 January 2010                                     Tk.6,71,62,348

Addition during the year                                                           —————–

Less: Adjustment during the year                                           Tk.6,00,00,000

Closing Balance at 31 December 2010                                Tk. 71,62,348

 

Cash Reserve

Every banking company, not being a scheduled bank, shall maintain in Bangladesh by way of cash reserve in cash with itself, or with the Bangladesh Bank or its agent, or both banks in equal parts, a sum equivalent to not less than 5.5 per cent. Of its time and demand liabilities:
Provided that the Bangladesh Bank may, in any particular case, change, by notification in the official Gazette and subject to the conditions settled therein in this behalf, the requirements relating to the cash reserve or repeal, on previous approval by the Government, such requirements.

Cash Reserve Requirement (CRR)

The Cash Reserve Requirement (CRR) for the scheduled banks with the Bangladesh Bank is 6.50% of their total demand and time liabilities. It may be noted that banks are required to maintain CRR daily at the rate of 6% on average on bi-weekly basis provided that the CRR would not be less than 5.5% in any day.

Cash Reserve in NCC Bank

Cash in hand                                                                           Tk.    73,15,92,743

Balance with Bangladesh Bank & Sonali Bank                     Tk. 5,50,00,14,510

Balance with other banks & financial institutions                  Tk.    54,61,23,426

Prize bonds                                                                             Tk.         54,36,000

Total Cash Reserve at 31December, 2010                          Tk. 6,78,31,66,679

 

Policy on Capital Adequacy of Banks:

To adopt the international best practices and to make the bank’s capital more risk-absorbent as well as to build the banking industry more shock resistant and stable, all scheduled banks are obligated to comply with “Guidelines on Risk Based Capital Adequacy (RBCA) for Banks – Revised Regulatory Framework in line with BASEL–II” from January 01, 2010. These guidelines have been structured on following three aspects:

  • Minimum capital requirement has been defined and to be maintained by a bank on solo basis as well as consolidated basis against RWA for credit, market, and operational risks.
  • Process for assessing the overall capital adequacy aligned with comprehensive risk management of a bank.
  • Framework of public disclosure on the position of a bank’s risk profiles, capital adequacy, and risk management system.

The following headings containing specific instructions are issued for compliance by banks:

 

Definition of Capital:

Regulatory capital is categorized in three tiers:

Tier 1 capital called ‘Core Capital’ comprises of highest quality of capital elements:

a) Paid up capital

b) Non-repayable share premium account

c) Statutory reserve

d) General reserve

e) Retained earnings

f) Minority interest in subsidiaries

g) Non-cumulative irredeemable preference shares

h) Dividend equalization account

Tier 2 capital called ‘Supplementary Capital’ represents other elements which fall short of some of the characteristics of the core capital but contribute to the overall strength of a bank:

a) General provision

b) Revaluation reserves

  • Revaluation reserve for fixed assets
  • Revaluation reserve for securities
  • Revaluation reserve for equity instrument

c) All other preference shares

d) Subordinated debt

Tier 3 capital called ‘Additional Supplementary Capital’, consists of short-term subordinated debt (original maturity less than or equal to five years but greater than or equal to two years) would be solely for the purpose of meeting a proportion of the capital requirements for market risk.

For foreign banks operating in Bangladesh-

  • Tier 1 capital consists of the following items:

a) Funds from head office

b) Remittable profit retained as capital

c) Any other items approved by BB for inclusion in Tier 1 capital

  • Tier 2 capital consists of the following items:

a) General provision

b) Borrowing from head office in foreign currency in compliance with the regulatory requirement.

c) Revaluation reserve for securities

d) Any other items approved by BB for inclusion in Tier 2 capital.

 

Conditions for maintaining regulatory capital:

The calculation of Tier 1 capital, Tier 2 capital, and Tier 3 capital shall be subject to the following conditions:

a) The amount of Tier 2 capital will be limited to 100% of the amount of Tier 1 capital.

b) 50% of revaluation reserves for fixed assets and securities eligible for Tier 2 capital.

c) 10% of revaluation reserves for equity instruments eligible for Tier 2 capital.

d) Subordinated debt shall be limited to a maximum of 30% of the amount of Tier 1 capital.

e) Limitation of Tier 3: A minimum of about 28.5% of market risk needs to be supported by Tier 1 capital. Supporting of Market Risk from Tier 3 capital shall be limited up to maximum of 250% of a bank’s Tier 1 capital that is available after meeting credit risk capital requirement.

 

Eligible regulatory capital:

In order to obtain the eligible regulatory capital for the purpose of calculating Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR), banks are required to make following deductions from their Tier-1 capital:

a) Intangible asset e.g., book value of goodwill and value of any contingent assets, etc. which are shown as assets

b) Shortfall in provisions required against classified assets

c) Shortfall in provisions required against investment in shares

d) Remaining deficit on account of revaluation of investments in securities after netting off from any other surplus on the securities.

e) Reciprocal/crossholdings of bank’s capital/subordinated debt artificially intended to inflate the capital position of banks

f) Holding of equity shares in any form exceeding the approved limit under section 26(2) of Bank Company Act, 1991. The additional/unauthorized amount of holdings will be deducted at 50% from Tier 1 capital and 50% from Tier 2 capital.

g) Investments in subsidiaries which are not consolidated: The normal practice is to consolidate subsidiaries for the purpose of assessing the capital adequacy of banking groups. Where this is not done, deduction is essential to prevent the multiple uses of the same capital resources in different parts of the group. The deduction for such investments will be 50% from Tier 1 capital and 50% from Tier 2 capital. The assets representing the investments in subsidiary companies whose capital had been deducted from that of the parent would not be included in total assets for the purposes of computing the CAR. Eligible Tier 2 capital will be derived after deducting components (if any) qualified for deduction. Total eligible regulatory capital will be calculated by summing up the eligible Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 capital.

 

Minimum Capital Requirement (MCR): Minimum Capital Requirement (MCR) for the each scheduled bank in Bangladesh will be at least 9% of total Risk Weighted Assets (RWA) from July 2010 to June 2011 and 10% of total RWA from July 2011 to onwards or the amount determined by BB from time to time. Moreover, banks have to maintain at least 50% of required capital as Tier 1 capital. Banks have to maintain minimum CAR on ‘Solo’ basis as well as on ‘Consolidated’ basis as per instruction(s) given by BB from time to time.

 

Approaches for calculating RWA: Under the guidelines, for calculating RWA, Standardized Approach for Credit Risk, Standardized (Rule Based) Approach for Market Risk and Basic Indicator Approach for Operational Risk is being followed.

In this regard, following things are shown in Annexure-I under credit risk:

  • Risk weights for Balance Sheet Exposures,
  • Risk Weight for Short Term Exposures,
  • Risk Weight against ECA Score (Published by OECD),
  • Credit Conversion Factor under Current Exposure Method,
  • Credit Conversion Factor under Original Exposure method and
  • Credit Conversion Factor for Non-market-related OBS transactions.

 

Supervisory Review Process (SRP)-Supervisory Review Evaluation Process:

In respect of SRP, banks would have a process for assessing overall capital adequacy in relation to their risk profile and a strategy for maintaining their capital at an adequate level. Banks have been asked to form an exclusive body (called SRP team) where risk management unit is an integral part, and a process document (called Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process-ICAAP) for assessing their overall risk profile, and a strategy for maintaining adequate capital. Adequate capital means enough capital to compensate all the risks in their business, and to develop and practice better risk management techniques in monitoring and managing their risks. Supervisory Review Evaluation Process (SREP) of BB includes dialogue between BB and the bank’s SRP team followed by findings/evaluation of the bank’s ICAAP. During SRP-SREP dialogue BB will review and determine additional capital to MCR of banks. For this purpose, banks are asked to provide information in specified format on risks addressed by BB under SRP in line with their own ICAAP.

 

Reporting Requirement: All banks are required to submit the RBCA report (according to the prescribed formats) on quarterly basis within the next 30 days of each quarter-end to the Department of Off-site Supervision of BB.

 

Penalty for non-compliance: BB may impose penalty and/or punishment as per Bank Company Act, 1991, if a bank-

  • fails to meet minimum capital or CAR within the stipulated period,
  • will fully furnishes any false information in the reporting,
  • fails to submit the RBCA report within stipulated time without any acceptable/ satisfactory reason.

 

Policy on Loan Classification and Provisioning

The process of gradually upgrading the policies on loan classification and provisioning to the international level is going on, Measures have been taken to strengthen the credit discipline and the process of classification has been simplified. The following revised policies on loan classification and provisioning has been issued amending the previous circulars in this regard:

Categories of Loans:

All loans and advances will be grouped into 4(four) categories for the purpose of classification, namely-

  • Continuous Loan: The loan Accounts in which transactions may be made within certain limit and have an expiry date for full adjustment will be treated as Continuous Loans. Examples are: CC, OD etc.
  • Demand Loan: The loans that become repayable on demand by the bank will be treated as Demand Loans. If any contingent or any other liabilities are turned to forced loans (i.e. without any prior approval as regular loan) those too will be treated as Demand Loans. Such as: Forced LIM, PAD, FBP, and IBP etc.
  • Fixed Term Loan: The loans, which are repayable within a specific time period under a specific repayment schedule, will be treated as Fixed Term Loans.
  • Short-term Agricultural Credit: This will include the short-term credits as listed under the Annual Credit Program issued by the Agricultural Credit Department of Bangladesh Bank. Credits in the agricultural sector repayable within less than 12 months will also be included herein. Short-term Micro-Credits will include any micro-credits for less than Tk.25,000/= and repayable within less than 12 months, be those termed in any names such as Non-agricultural credit, Self-reliant Credit, Weaver’s Credit or Bank’s individual project credit.

 

Basis for Loan Classification:

Objective Criteria:

Any Continuous Loan if not repaid/renewed within the fixed expiry date for repayment will be treated as past due/overdue from the following day of the expiry date. This loan will be classified as Sub-standard if it remains past due/overdue for 6 months or beyond but less than 9 months, as `Doubtful’ if for 9 months or beyond but less than 12 months and as `Bad-Debt’ if for 12months or beyond.

Any Demand Loan if not repaid/rescheduled within the fixed expiry date for repayment will be treated as past due/overdue from the following day of the expiry date. This Loan will be classified as Sub-standard if it remains past due/overdue for 6 months or beyond but not over 9 months from the date of claim by the bank or from the date of creation of the forced loan; likewise the loan will be classified as “Doubtful’ and Bad/loss if remains past due/overdue for 9 months or beyond but not over 12 months and for 12 months and beyond respectively.

In case any installment(s) or part of installment(s) of a Fixed Term Loan is not repaid within the due date, the amount of unpaid installment(s) will be termed as `defaulted installment’-

In case of Fixed Term Loans, which are repayable within maximum five years of time: –

  • If the amount of `defaulted installment’ is equal to or more than the amount of installment(s) due within 6 months, the entire loan will be classified as “Sub-standard”.
  • If the amount of ‘defaulted installment’ is equal to or more than the amount of installment(s) due within 12 months, the entire loan will be classified as ”Doubtful.
  • If the amount of ‘defaulted installment’ is equal to or more than the amount of installment(s) due within 18 months, the entire loan will be classified as ”Bad -Loss.”

In case of Fixed Term Loans, which are repayable in more than five years of time: –

  • If the amount of `defaulted installment’ is equal to or more than the amount of installment(s) due within 12 months, the entire loan will be classified as ‘Sub-standard.’
  • If the amount of `defaulted installment ‘ is equal to or more than the amount of installment(s) due within 18 months, the entire loan will be classified as ‘Doubtful’.
  • If the amount of ‘defaulted installment ‘is equal to or more than the amount of installment(s) due within 24 months, the entire loan will be classified as ‘Bad-Debt’.

Explanation: If any Fixed Term Loan is repayable at monthly installment, the amount of installment(s) due within 6 months will be equal to the amount of summation of 6 monthly installments. Similarly, if repayable at quarterly installment, the amount of installment(s) due within 6 months will be equal to the amount of summation of 2 quarterly installments.

The Short-term Agricultural and Micro – Credit will be considered irregular if not repaid within the due date as stipulated in the loan agreement. If the said irregular status continues, the credit will be classified as ‘Substandard ‘ after a period of 12 months, as ‘Doubtful’ after a period of 36 months and as ‘Bad Debt’ after a period of 60 months from the stipulated due date as per loan agreement.

All unclassified loans other than Special Mention Account (SMA) will be treated as Standard.

A Continuous credit, Demand loan or a Term Loan which will remain overdue for a period of 90 days or more, will be put into the “Special Mention Account (SMA)”. This will help banks to look at accounts with potential problems in a focused manner and it will capture early warning signals for accounts showing first sign of weakness. Loans in the “Special Mention Account (SMA)” will have to be reported to the Credit Information Bureau (CIB) of Bangladesh Bank. However, it is reiterated that loans in the “Special Mention Account” will not be treated as defaulted loan for the purpose of section 27KaKa(3) of the Bank Company Act, 1991.

 

B). Qualitative Judgment:

If any uncertainty or doubt arises in respect of recovery of any Continuous Loan, Demand Loan or Fixed Term Loan, the same will have to be classified on the basis of qualitative judgment be it classifiable or not on the basis of objective criteria.

If any situational changes occur in the stipulations in terms of which the loan was extended or if the capital of the borrower is impaired due to adverse conditions or if the value of the securities decreases or if the recovery of the loan becomes uncertain due to any other unfavorable situation, the loan will have to be classified on the basis of qualitative judgment.

Besides, if any loan is illogically or repeatedly re-scheduled or the norms of re-scheduling are violated or instances of (propensity to) frequently exceeding the loan-limit are noticed or legal action is lodged for recovery of the loan or the loan is extended without the approval of the proper authority, it will have to be classified on the basis of qualitative judgment.

Despite the probability of any loan’s being affected due to the reasons stated above or for any other reasons, if there exists any hope for change of the existing condition by resorting to proper steps, the loan, on the basis of qualitative judgment, will be classified as ‘Sub-standard ‘. But even if after resorting to proper steps, there exists no certainty of total recovery of the loan, it will be classified as ‘ Doubtful ‘ and even after exerting the all-out effort, there exists no chance of recovery, it will be classified as ‘ Bad-Debt ‘ on the basis of qualitative judgment.

The concerned bank will classify on the basis of qualitative judgment and can declassify the loans if qualitative improvement does occur.

But if any loan is classified by the Inspection Team of Bangladesh Bank, the same can be declassified with the approval of the Board of Directors of the bank. However, before placing such case to the Board, the CEO and concerned branch manager shall have to certify that the conditions for declassification have been fulfilled.

 

Accounting of the interest of classified loans:

If any loan or advance is classified as ‘Sub-standard’ and ‘Doubtful’, interest accrued on such loan will be credited to Interest Suspense Account, instead of crediting the same to Income Account. In case of rescheduled loans the unrealized interest, if any, will be credited to Interest Suspense Account, instead of crediting the same to Income Account.

As soon as any loan or advance is classified as ‘Bad Debt’, charging of interest in the same account will cease. In case of filing a law-suit for recovery of such loan, interest for the period till filing of the suit can be charged in the loan account in order to file the same for the amount of principal plus interest. But interest thus charged in the loan account has to be preserved in the ‘Interest Suspense ‘ account. If any interest is charged in any ‘Bad-Debt’ account for any other special reason, the same will be preserved in the ‘Interest Suspense’ account.

If classified loan or part of it is recovered i.e., real deposit is effected in the loan account, first the interest charged and not charged is to be recovered from the said deposit and the principal to be adjusted afterwards.

Interest accrued on “Special Mention Account (SMA)” will be credited to Interest Suspense Account, instead of crediting the same to Income Account.

 

Category wise Loans & Advances at 31December, 2010

Continuous Loan                                                                     Tk. 21,61,68,64,385

Demand Loan                                                                          Tk. 14,41,95,03,613

Fixed Term Loan                                                                     Tk. 26,92,41,96,740

Short-term Agricultural Credit                                                  Tk.       26,95,76,890

Net Loans & Advances at 31 December, 2010

Gross Loans and Advances                                                    Tk. 63,23,01,41,628

Less: Non-performing loans and advances                             Tk.    1,42,52,80,000

Less: Interest suspense                                                            Tk.       26,54,48,405

Net loans and advances                                                      Tk. 61,53,94,13,223

Classification of Loans and Advances

Unclassified Standard (including staff loans)                        Tk. 60,63,41,71,628

Unclassified Special Mention Account                                  Tk.    1,17,06,90,000

Sub-standard                                                                           Tk.       14,34,04,000

Doubtful                                                                                 Tk.          6,08,31,000

Bad/Loss                                                                                 Tk.    1,22,10,45,000

Total                                                                                     Tk. 63,23,01,41,628

 

Determination of Market Value of Eligible Securities:

In determining market value of easily marketable commodities, land and building, banks are advised to follow the instructions mentioned below:

Easily marketable goods will mean pledged, easily encashable/saleable goods that remain under full control of the bank. However, while the concerned bank branch official will conduct periodic inspection to verify as to whether issues such as the suitability of goods for use, expiry period, appropriateness of documentary evidences, up to date insurance cover, same will have to be assessed by the professional assessor from time to time.

For land and building, banks will have to ensure whether title documents are in order and concerned land and building will have to be valued by the professional valuation firm along with completion of proper documentation in favour of the bank. In absence of professional valuation firm, certificate in favour of such valuation will have to be collected from the specialized engineer. Nevertheless, temporary houses including tin-shed structure shall not be shown as building.

In order to facilitate the on-site inspection by Departments of Bank Inspection of Bangladesh Bank, banks are also advised to maintain complete statement of eligible securities on a separate sheet in the concerned loan file. Information such as description of eligible securities, their assessment by recognized firm, marketability of the commodity, control of the bank, and reasons for considering eligible securities etc. will have to be included in that sheet.

In terms of the above policies, the banks will conduct their classification- activities on quarterly basis. Detailed statements in respect of classification, provision and ‘Interest suspense’ accounts will have to be submitted to Bangladesh Bank within 30 days from the reference date.

 

Loan Provisioning in NCC Bank Ltd at 31December, 2010

Movement in specific provision on classified loans and advances

Opening balance                                                                           Tk. 72,02,24,000

Fully provided debt written off                                                    (Tk. 37,88,83,352)

Add: Recoveries of amounts previously written off                    Tk.    9,76,96,106

Net charged to Profit & Loss Account                                         Tk. 39,16,92,246

Provision held at the end of the period                                        Tk. 74,28,02,000

 

Movement in general provision on unclassified loans and advances

Opening balance                                                                           Tk. 50,96,72,000

Add: Provision made for the year/ net charge in P&L acc.          Tk. 23,06,41,000

Tk. 74,03,13,000

 Total Provision for Loans and Advances (a+b)                   Tk.1,48,31,15,000

 

Policy for Rescheduling of Loans

Experience shows that the existing system of loan rescheduling has created impediments in the way of realizing defaulted loans. Specially, a tendency has been observed among the defaulted borrowers to avail the opportunity of loan rescheduling again and again without any definite business rationale. Some confusions have also cropped up relating to the condition of cash deposit as down payment for loan rescheduling. After careful and overall review of the aforesaid problems and in suppression of all previous instructions 27the following detailed policies for rescheduling of loans are being issued for compliance by banks:

Guidelines for Consideration of Loan Rescheduling Applications:

While considering loan rescheduling application the banks shall follow the under mentioned guidelines:

When a borrower asks for rescheduling of loans the banks shall examine the causes as to why the loan has become non-performing. If it is found from such review that the borrower has diverted the funds elsewhere or the borrower is a habitual loan defaulter the bank shall not consider the application for loan rescheduling. Instead, the bank shall take/continue all legal steps for recovery of the loans.

At the time of considering loan rescheduling proposal bank must assess the borrower’s overall repayment capacity taking into account the borrower’s liability position with other banks.

In order to ensure whether the borrower would be able to repay the rescheduled installments/existing liability the bank shall review the borrower’s cash flow statement, audited balance sheet, income statement and other financial statements.

Bank officers should ensure, if required, by spot inspection of the borrower’s company/business place, that the concerned company/business enterprise will be able to generate surplus to repay the rescheduled liability. Such inspection reports should be preserved by the banks.

If a bank is satisfied after due diligence mentioned above that the borrower will be able to repay, the loan may be rescheduled. Otherwise, bank shall take all legal steps to realize the loan, make necessary provision and take measures to write-off.

The rescheduling shall be for a minimum reasonable period of time.

At the time of placing the rescheduling proposal before the Board of Directors the Bank shall apprise the Board in details, what would be implications of such loan rescheduling on the income and other areas of the bank.

 

Rescheduling of Term Loans:

The loans which are repayable within a specific time period under a prescribed repayment schedule are treated as Term Loans. For rescheduling such loans following policies shall, henceforth, be followed:

Application for first rescheduling will be considered only after cash payment of at least 15% of the overdue installments or 10% of the total outstanding amount of loan, whichever, is less;

Rescheduling application for the second time will be considered after cash payment of minimum 30% of the overdue installments or 20% of the total outstanding amount of loan, whichever, is less;

Application for rescheduling for more than two times will be considered after cash payment of minimum 50% of the overdue installments or 30% of the total outstanding amount of loan, whichever is less;

Explanation: If any loan is rescheduled once before issuance of this policy the conditions set forth in this circular for second rescheduling shall be applicable for rescheduling of such loans. Likewise, the terms for 3rd rescheduling as per this circular shall be applicable for rescheduling of any loan which has already been rescheduled twice.

 

Rescheduling of Demand and Continuous Loan:

The loans which can be transacted without any specific repayment schedule but have an expiry date for repayment and a limit are treated as Continuous Loan. In addition, the loans which become repayable after those are claimed by the bank, are treated as Demand Loans. If any contingent or any other liabilities are turned to forced loan (i.e. without any prior approval as regular loan) those also are treated as Demand Loans. For rescheduling of Demand and Continuous Loans the rates of down payment, depending on the loan amount, shall be as under:

Amount of Overdue Loan Rates of Down payment
Up to Tk.1.00 (one) crore15%
Tk. 1.00(one) crore to Tk. 5.00 (five) crore10% (but not less than Tk.15.00 lac)
Tk. 5.00(five) crore and above5% (but not less than Tk.50.00 lac)

If any Continuous or Demand Loan is rescheduled by restructuring/converting partly or wholly into Term Loan and repayment installments have been fixed, application for rescheduling such loans shall be considered on cash payment of minimum 30% of the overdue installments or 20% of the total outstanding amount of loan, whichever is less. For subsequent rescheduling minimum 50% of the overdue installments or 30% of the total outstanding amount of loan amount shall have to be deposited in cash.

 

Other Terms and Conditions of Rescheduling:

The Borrowers whose credit facility has been rescheduled will get new loan facility subject to fulfillment of the following conditions:-

The defaulting borrower who has availed interest waiver must settle at least 15% of the compromise amount (excluding the down payment on rescheduling as per present guidelines) to avail any further credit facility from any Bank.

In case of borrowing from other Banks, the same rule will be applicable, i.e. the borrower will have to settle at least 15% of compromise amount (excluding the down payment on rescheduling as per present guidelines), then, will be allowed to take regular facility from other Banks subject to the submission of NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the rescheduling bank.

Export borrowers may be granted further credit facility (after being identified as not a willful defaulter), if required, subject to settle at least 7.5% of the compromise amount (excluding the down payment on rescheduling as per present guidelines) being paid.

If any such issue is already there (such fresh facility has already been allowed after allowing waiver), the same will not fall under purview of this circular.

Information on the loan accounts rescheduled shall be reported to the Credit Information Bureau (CIB) of Bangladesh Bank. While reporting to the CIB, such rescheduled loans/advances may be shown as RS 1 for first rescheduling, RS 2 for second and so on. Interest waivers given to the entity should be mentioned as RSIW.

Where the amount equal to minimum twice the amount of principal loan disbursed has been repaid till the date of issuance of this policy, the instructions contained in this circular shall not be mandatory for rescheduling of such loan for 1(one) year from the date of this circular. For rescheduling as above no prior approval of Bangladesh Bank will be required; however, prior approval of Bangladesh Bank shall have to be obtained if the loan is related to the director/ex-directors of a Bank Company.

 

Compliance by NCC Bank Ltd

NCC Bank Ltd. strictly follows above policy to reschedule the nonperforming Loans and Advances. At the time of considering loan rescheduling proposal bank must assess the borrower’s overall repayment capacity taking into account the borrower’s liability position with other banks. The rescheduling shall be for a minimum reasonable period of time. Information on the loan accounts rescheduled shall be reported to the Credit Information Bureau (CIB) of Bangladesh Bank.

Policy for Loan Wright Off

In course of conducting credit operations by banks the quality of a portion of their loan portfolio, in many cases, deteriorates and uncertainty arises in realizing such loans and advances. These loans are adversely classified as per existing rules and necessary provision has to be made against such loans. Writing off bad loans having adequate provision is an internationally accepted normal phenomenon in banking business. Owing to the reluctance of banks in Bangladesh in resorting to this system their balance sheets are becoming unnecessarily and artificially inflated. In order to avoid possible legal complications in retaining the claims of the banks over the loans written off section 28 ka has been incorporated in 2001 in the Bank Company Act, 1991. In this context the following policies for writing off loans are being issued for compliance by banks:

  • Banks may, at any time, write off loans classified as bad/loss. Those loans which have been classified as bad/loss for the last five years and for which 100% provisions have been kept should be written off without delay. After issuance of this circular the process of writing off all other loans classified as bad/loss should be started immediately. Under the process the oldest bad/loss classified loans should be considered first for written off.
  • Banks may write off loans by debit to their current year’s income account where 100% provision kept is not found adequate for writing off such loans.
  • All out efforts should be continued for realizing written off loans. Cases must be filed in the court of law before writing off any loan for which no legal action has been initiated earlier.
  • A separate “Debt Collection Unit” should be set up in the bank for recovery of written off loans.
  • In order to accelerate the settlement of law suits filed against the written off loans or to realize the receivable written off loans any agency outside the bank can be engaged.
  • A separate ledger must be maintained for written off loans and in the Annual Report/Balance Sheet of banks there must be a separate “notes to the accounts” containing amount of cumulative and current year’s loan written off.
  • In spite of writing off the loans the concerned borrower shall be identified as defaulter as usual. Like other loans and advances, the writing off loans and advances shall be reported to the Credit Information Bureau (CIB) of Bangladesh Bank.
  • Prior approval of Bangladesh Bank shall have to be obtained in case of writing off loans sanctioned to the director or ex-director of the bank or loans sanctioned during the tenure of his directorship in the bank to the enterprise in which the concerned director has interest.

 

Outstanding Bad & Loss Loans to be Written off of NCC Bank

Bangladesh Bank issued above policy instructing all the banks in Bangladesh to write off bad & loss loans which have passed five years after its classification and legal actions have been taken against all those default borrowers with an immediate effect. During the year ended December 31, 2010 the Bank allowed write off amounting to Tk. 9,11,12,193 against which legal actions have been lying with the Money Suit Court.

In compliance with the policy, NCC Bank formed a Debt Collection Unit in its Head Office from where monitoring has been made accordingly. In this connection, branches have been maintaining separate ledger for all individual cases. The Debt Collection Unit will follow-up the realization of such debts in future also and time to time a progress report to be given to the management by the branches.

Like other loans and advances, the information about written off loans & advances and the concerned borrowers is reported to the Credit Information Bureau (CIB) of Bangladesh Bank by the branches.

 

Bank Charges

Banks in general are free to fix the fees and commissions relating to the services offered by them to their customers. In applying the fees there should be no discriminations among customers for similar services. In other words, all customers are required to be treated at par for similar services.

Bangladesh Bank has issued master circular incorporating necessary instructions for rationalization of different service charges received by banks. Banks have also been advised to upload the schedule of charges in their respective websites and display the same in all of their head offices and branches, for ready reference of the clients.

Considering the interest of small depositors it has been decided that no charge can be imposed as account maintenance fee for average deposit balance up to Taka Five Thousand (BDT 5,000). It has also been decided that Taka One Hundred (BDT. 100) at maximum may be imposed as account maintenance fee on six monthly basis for average deposit balance up to Taka Twenty Five Thousand (BDT 25,000). Taka Three Hundred (BDT. 300) at maximum may be imposed as account maintenance fee on six monthly basis for average deposit balance above Taka Twenty Five Thousand (BDT 25,000).

No additional service charge can be imposed on any type of loans including Export Credit since interest and service charge are included in the Rate of Interest on loans.

 

Several service charges of NCC Bank Ltd:

ServicesService Charge
Account Maintenance ChargeCurrent Deposit/ STDTk.500.00 half yearly
Savings DepositTk.200.00 half yearly
All Loan AccTk.500.00 half yearly
LC ( Import)0.60% for first quarter & 0.30% for rest amount
Local CollectionMin. Tk.25.00 & Max. Tk.100.00
Outstation CollectionMin. Tk.30.00 & Max. Tk.4000.00(over 5 lac)
Issuance of DDMin. Tk.30 or 0.10%
Cancellation of DDTk.50.00
Duplicate DDTk.100.00
Issuance of POMin. Tk.10.00 & Max. Tk.200.00
Solvency CertificateTk.250.00
Balance CertificateTk.100.00
Account TransferTk.200.00
Online ServiceCash WithdrawalMin. Tk.10.00 & Max. Tk.30.00
Cash DepositMin. 0.10% & Max. Tk.100.00

 

Credit Rating

In terms of the BRPD Circular Letter No. 05 dated May 29, 2004 it was made mandatory for the banks to have themselves credit rated to raise capital from capital market through IPO. The issue was reviewed and with a view to protecting the interest of the prospective investors, depositors and creditors and also the bank management as a whole for their overall performances in each relevant areas including core risks of the bank, it was decided to make it mandatory from January 2007 for all banks to have themselves credit rated by a Credit Rating agency. Banks had been advised to take necessary measures from that time so that they could have their credit ratings in all relevant areas as well as the bank management.

Credit rating of NCC Bank Ltd

As per the above BRPD circular, NCC Bank has done its credit rating by the Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh (CRAB) based on the financial statement dated December 2009. The rating is as follows:

Date of ratingLong termShort term
Entity Rating24.06.2010A1ST-2

 

Guidelines on Managing Core Risks in Banking

Due to deregulation and globalization of banking business, banks are now exposed to diversified and complex risks. As a result, effective management of such risks has been core aspects of establishing good governance in banking business in order to ensure sustainable performance. In recognition of the importance of an effective risk management system, Guidelines on Managing Core Risks in banking has been issued in 2003 and the five core risks that have been advised to manage in these guidelines are: a) Credit Risks, b) Asset and Liability/Balance Sheet Risks, c) Foreign Exchange Risks, d) Internal Control and Compliance Risks and e) Money Laundering Risks. A document (interpretation to measure risks using Gap Analysis) has been issued for the banks which may help banks to measure and manage their Liquidity Risk, Interest Risk and Foreign exchange risk and minimize their losses.

Guidelines on Information & Communication Technology for Scheduled Banks has been introduced to manage another core risk for the banks to take adequate measures to prevent the information from unauthorized access, modification, disclosure and destruction so that customers’ interest is fully protected. This guideline has recently been updated and renamed as Guideline on ICT Security for Banks and Financial Institutions, 2010.

 

Managing Core Risks in NCC Bank Ltd

It is utmost importance to manage various core risks involved in Banking, as identified by the Central Bank vide its guidelines on Risk factors. Recognizing this, NCC Bank Ltd. always tries to comply with the requirements as put in the guidelines of the regulatory bodies. Different Committees/Departments are entrusted with the job of managing core risks discharging their responsibility sincerely.

 

Merchant by Banking Companies

Banks are advised to operate merchant banking activities constituting separate legal entity i.e. subsidiary company to protect the interest of the depositors.

Merchant Banking of NCC Bank Ltd

As per guideline of Bangladesh Bank and The Securities & Exchange Commission, NCC Bank has taken necessary steps to form a subsidiary company for Merchant Banking. Although, Its separate Brokerage House has now a sizeable network having unit all over the country. Several Branches of the Bank’s Brokerage House have been opened during last few years; this expansion will continue to augment the service to stock traders. It is a matter of pleasure that the house has been converted in to a subsidiary company.

 

Bank Deposit Insurance Scheme

The Bank Deposit insurance Act, 2000 established the rules governing the role of insurer, the level of coverage provided and the laws governing the payments in event of a bank failure. Under the law deposits of all scheduled banks are insured up to BDT 100,000 per depositor. The Act is as under:-

Short title. – This Act may be called the Bank Deposit Insurance Act 2000.

Definitions. – In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context – ‘Deposit’ means in case of any scheduled bank, the summation of unpaid residue of its depositors’ accounts; ‘Trustee Board’ means the Trustee Board of the fund as mentioned under Section 8 hereof; ‘Scheduled Bank’ means the Scheduled Bank as defined under Article 2(j) of the Bangladesh Bank Order, 1972 (P.O.No.127 of 1972); ‘Fund’ means the Trust Fund as preserved under Section 3 hereof; ‘Auditor’ means chartered accountant as defined under Article 2(1)(b) of the Chartered Accountants Order, 1973 (P.O.No.2 of 1973); ‘Premium’ means premium payable by the insured bank as specified under Section 5 hereof; ‘Bangladesh Bank’ means Bangladesh Bank established under Bangladesh Bank Order, 1972(P.O.No.127 of 1972); ‘Insurance’ means deposit insurance; ‘Insured Bank’ means bank insured under this Act.

 

Deposit Insurance Trust Fund.-

(1) Bangladesh Bank shall maintain a Fund in the name of Deposit Insurance Trust Fund and monies of the Fund can be invested by Bangladesh Bank in any approved sector.

(2) The following monies will be deposited in the Fund namely: – Money received from insured bank;

(a) Return on investment of monies of the Fund;

Money received from the bank liquidated under Section 7 hereof;

(b) Income received from other sources.

(3) Monies of the Fund shall not be spent for any purposes other than for repayment of dues of the depositors of the bank liquidated under the provision of Section 7 hereof and for the cost of maintenance of the Fund; (4) Nothing of Income Tax Ordinance 1984 (XXXVI of 1984) shall apply to the income of the Fund.

 

Insured Bank. – Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force,

(a) All scheduled banks existing on the date of enforcement of this Act shall be deemed to have been insured with the Fund from the same date; and

(b) All scheduled banks to be established after enforcement of this Act, shall be insured with the Fund.

 

Premium of the Insured Bank. – (1) Each insured bank shall pay the premium to the Fund @ 0.07% per annum on such portion of its deposit as may be determined by Bangladesh Bank from time to time. But provided that, Bangladesh Bank, with the prior approval (previous sanction) of the Government, shall have the power to increase or decrease the rate or premium. (2) Insured bank shall pay its premium from its expenditure account. (3) Premium shall have to be paid at such time and mode as specified by Bangladesh Bank. (4) If any insured bank fails to pay its premium, Bangladesh Bank shall have the power to direct as to the deposit of such premium to the Fund by debiting the amount equal to that of the premium from the account of the said bank maintained with Bangladesh Bank.

Action against failure for more than once in payment of premium .- If any insured bank fails for more than once to pay the premium, Bangladesh Bank, allowing the chance of hearing and by notification in the Official Gazette, shall have the power to direct as to refraining any insured bank from accepting deposit for the time as specified in the notification .

 

Liability of the Fund.-

(1) If the order is passed for liquidation of any insured bank, Bangladesh Bank shall pay each of its depositors the amount equal to one’s deposit, not exceeding maximum Tk. 01 (one) lac, from the Fund.

(2) If any depositor has more than one account in the liquidated bank and the balances of the accounts altogether even if stand more than Tk. 01 (one) lac, he shall not be paid back more than Tk. 01 (one) lac. The Official Liquidator against the net asset of the liquidated bank shall adjust such payment with the amount payable to the depositors.

(3) The Official Liquidator, whatever he might be termed, within less than 90 days after assuming his office, shall submit to Bangladesh Bank the list of deposits of the depositors in the form as specified by Bangladesh Bank.

(4) The Trustee Board shall arrange for payment from the Fund the amounts due to the depositors in terms of the provisions of Sub-section (1) within less than 90 days after receipt of the list as specified under Sub-section (3) hereof .

(5) If the amount of the deposited monies of the Fund falls short of the payable amount, Government shall, through Bangladesh Bank lend the Fund the amount of short-fall @ Bank-Rate-based interest.

(6) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Section, the amount payable to any depositor shall be determined net of any claims of the insured bank legally due to it.

 

Trustee Board.- There shall be a Trustee Board for operation and administration of the Fund and the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Bank shall be the Trustee Board of the Fund .

Annual Report. – The Trustee Board shall submit to the Government the copy of annual accounts of the Fund certified by the Auditor and signed by the Governor of Bangladesh Bank and the Report on activities within 2(two) months from the date of preparation of such accounts.

Repeals and Savings. – (1) The Bank Deposit Insurance Ordinance, 1984 (LIII of 1984) is hereby repealed. (2) All monies of the Deposit Insurance Fund preserved under the repealed Ordinance shall be transferred to the Fund.

 

Compliance made by NCC Bank Ltd. 

NCC Bank Ltd. is complied with the above Act to ensure safeguard of the deposited money from the depositors by giving regular insurance premium to Bangladesh Bank according to act. The bank paid Tk. 3,03,64,956 from expenditure account as insurance premium to Bangladesh Bank  for the year ended December 31, 2010.

 

Anti Money Laundering Act

Money Laundering

A definition of what constitutes the offence of money laundering under Bangladesh law is set out in Section 2 (Tha) of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002 (Act No. 7 of 2002) which is reads as follows: “Money Laundering means – (Au) Properties acquired or earned directly or indirectly through illegal means;

(Aa) Illegal transfer, conversion, concealment of location or assistance in the above act of the properties acquired or earned directly of indirectly through legal or illegal means; “

1.2.3 Properties has been defined in section 2(Da) of the Act as “Properties means movable or immovable properties of any nature and description.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

 Designation of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officers (AMLCO)

  • All financial institutions must designate a Chief Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer (CAMLCO) at its head office who has sufficient authority to implement and enforce corporate wide anti- money laundering policies, procedures and measures and who will report directly to senior management and the board of directors.
  • The position within the organization of the person appointed as CAMLCO will vary according to the size of the financial institution and the nature of its business, but he or she should be sufficiently senior to command the necessary authority. Each financial institution should prepare a detailed specification of the role and obligations of the CAMLCO.
  • The CAMLCO may effect his or her responsibilities through a specific department, unit, group, or committee. Depending on the size, structure, business and resources of a financial institution, the designated department, unit, group, or committee or officer may be dedicated solely to the financial institution‘s anti-money laundering responsibilities or perform the compliance functions in addition to existing duties.
  • The designated CAMLCO, directly or through the designated department, unit, group, or committee, should be a central point of contact for communicating with the regulatory agencies regarding issues related to the financial institution’s anti-money laundering program.
  • Depending on the scale and nature of the institution the designated CAMLCO may choose to delegate duties or rely on suitably qualified staff for their practical performance whilst remaining responsible and accountable for the operation of the designated functions.
  • The designated CAMLCO must ensure that at each division, region, branch or unit of the financial unit that deals directly with the public, a senior level officer is appointed as Anti Money Laundering Compliance Officer (AMLCO) to ensure that each division, region, branch or unit is carrying out policies and procedures as required. These officers should report to the CAMLCO regularly on compliance issues and the need for any revisions to policies and procedures.
  • All staff engaged in the Financial Institution at all levels must be made aware of the identity of the CAMLCO, his Deputy and the staff’s branch/unit level AMLCO, and the procedure to follow when making a suspicious activity report. All relevant staff must be aware of the chain through which suspicious activity reports should be passed to the CAMLCO.

A sample job description of the Chief Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officers(CAMLCO) is appended below which may be adapted for creating a suitable job description of the Regional/Branch/ Unit Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officers (AMLCO):

POSITION TITLE: Chief Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer

FUNCTION: The Chief Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer (CAMLCO), who will report to the Chief Executive Officer for this responsibility, coordinates and monitors day to day compliance with: applicable money laundering laws, rules and regulations; the Institution’s AML Policy and the practices, procedures and controls implemented by the Institution.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

1) Monitor, review and coordinate application and enforcement of the Bank’s/ Institution’s compliance policies including Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Policy. This will include: an AML risk assessment; and practices, procedures and controls for account opening, KYC procedures and ongoing account/transaction monitoring for detecting suspicious transactions/account activity, and a written AML training plan.

2) To monitor changes of laws/regulations and directives of Bangladesh Bank that may require revisions to the Policy, and making these revisions;

3) Respond to compliance questions and concerns of the staff and advise regions/branches/ units and assist in providing solutions to potential issues involving compliance and money laundering risk;

4) Ensure the Bank’s/Institution’s AML Policy is complete and up-to-date; maintain ongoing awareness of new and changing business activities and products and identify potential compliance issues that should be considered by the Bank/Institution;

5) Actively develop the compliance knowledge of all staff, especially the compliance personnel.

Develop and conduct training courses in the Bank/Institution to raise the level of awareness of compliance in the Bank;

6) Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with regulatory authorities, external and internal auditors, Regional/ Branch/Unit Heads and Compliance resources to assist in early identification of compliance issues;

7) Assist in review of control procedures in the Bank/Institution to ensure legal and regulatory compliance and in the development of adequate and sufficient testing procedures to prevent and detect compliance lapses;

8) To monitor the business’ self- testing for AML compliance and any corrective action;

9) To manage the Suspicious Activity Reporting Process:

– Reviewing transactions referred by divisional, regional, branch or unit compliance officers as suspicious;

– Reviewing the Transaction Monitoring reports (directly or together with account management personnel);

– Ensuring that internal Suspicious Activity Reports (“internal SARs”):

– are prepared when appropriate;

– reflect the uniform standard for “suspicious activity involving possible money laundering” established in the Policy;

– are accompanied by documentation of the branch’s decision to retain or terminate the account as required under the Policy;

– are advised to other branches of the institution who are known to have a relationship with the customer;

– are reported to the Chief Executive Officer, and the Board of Directors of the institution when the suspicious activity is judged to represent significant risk to the institution, including reputation risk .

– Ensuring that a documented plan of corrective action, appropriate for the seriousness of the suspicious activity, be prepared and approved by the Branch Manager;

– Maintaining a review and follow up process to ensure that planned corrective action, including possible termination of an account, be taken in a timely manner;

– Manage the process for reporting suspicious activity to Bangladesh Bank authorities after appropriate internal consultation;

 

ANTI MONEY LAUNDERING PROCESSES

Know Your Customer Procedures

  • Each Financial Institution is required to perform due diligence on all prospective clients prior to opening an account. This process is completed by fulfilling the documentation requirements(Account Application, Bank References, Source of funds and Identification for example) and also a ‘Know Your Customer’ profile which is used to record a client’s source of wealth, expected transaction activity at it’s most basic level.
  • Once the identification procedures have been completed and the client relationship is established, Financial Institutions should monitor the conduct of the relationship/account to ensure that it is consistent with the nature of business stated when the relationship/account was opened. Financial Institutions do this firstly by the their staff being diligent, reporting suspicious transactions undertaken by the customer, updating the client’s KYC profile for any significant changes in their lifestyle (e.g., change of employment status, increase in net worth) and by monitoring the transaction activity over the client’s account on a periodic basis.
  • KYC profile gives the basic information about the customer like, Name, Address, Tel/Fax Numbers, line of business, Annual sales. If the customer is a Public Figure, the account will become automatically a High Risk Account.
  • The KYC Profile information will also include the observations of the Institution’s Staff/Officer when they visit the customer’s business place like, the business place is owned or rented, the type of clients visited, by what method is the client paid (cheque or cash). The Staff/Officer will record his observations and sign the KYC Profile form.
  • In the case of high net worth Accounts, the information will include net worth of the customer, source of funds etc
  • The KYC Profile leads to Risk Classification of the Account as High/Low Risk.

 

Transaction Monitoring Process

Financial Institutions are expected to have systems and controls in place to monitor on an ongoing basis the relevant activities in the course of the business relationship. The nature of this monitoring will depend on the nature of the business. The purpose of this monitoring is for Financial Institutions to be vigilant for any significant changes or inconsistencies in the pattern of transactions. Inconsistency is measured against the stated original purpose of the accounts i.e. the declared Transaction Profile (TP) of the Customer. Possible areas to monitor could be: –

  1. transaction type
  2. frequency
  3. unusually large amounts
  4. geographical origin/destination
  5. changes in account signatories

Whilst some Financial Institutions may wish to invest in expert computer systems specifically designed to assist the detection of fraud and money laundering, it is recognized that this may not be a practical option for many Financial Institutions for the reasons of cost, the nature of their business, or difficulties of systems integration, in such circumstances institutions will need to ensure they have alternative systems in place.

Every Business and every individual will have normally certain kind of transaction in line with their business/individual needs. This will be declared in a Transaction Profile (TP) at the time of opening account from the customer. Ideally any deviation from the normally expected TP should be reviewed with human judgment and interaction with customer. Such reviews may result in changing the expected profile or closing the customer account.

It may not be feasible for some institutions or specific branches of institutions having very large number of customers to track every single account against the TP where a risk based approach should be taken for monitoring transactions based on use of “Customer Categories” and “Transaction Limits” (individual and aggregate) established within the branch. The Customer Category is assigned at account inception – and may be periodically revised – and is documented on the Transaction Profile. Transaction Limits are established by the business subject to agreement by Branch AMLCO. The Customer Categories and Transaction Limits are maintained in the manual ledgers or computer systems.

On a monthly basis Branch/ Unit of the financial institution must prepare an exception report of customers whose accounts showed one or more individual account transaction during the period that exceeded the “transaction limit” established for that category of customer based on Anti-Money Laundering risk assessment exercise.

Account Officers/Relationship Managers or other designated staff will review and sign-off on such exception report of customers whose accounts showed one or more individual account transaction during the period that exceeded the “transaction limit” established for that category of customer. The concerned staff will document their review by initial on the report, and where necessary will prepare internal Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) with action plans for approval by the relevant Branch Manager and review with the Branch AMLCO. A copy of the transaction identified will be attached to the SARs.

AMLCO will review the SARs and responses from the Account Officers /Relationship Managers or other concerned staff. If the explanation for the exception does not appear reasonable then the Branch/Unit Head should review the transactions prior to considering submitting them to the regional AMLCO or CAMLCO.

If the Branch/Unit Head and / or AMLCO believe the transaction should be reported then the AMLCO will supply the relevant details to the RAMLCO or the CAMLCO. The RAMLCO and CAMLCO will investigate any reported accounts and will send a status report on any of the accounts reported. No further action should be taken on the account until notification has been received.

If, after confirming with the client, the transaction trend is to continue the Account Officer is responsible for documenting the reasons why the transaction profile has changed and should amend the KYC profile accordingly.

 

TRAINING AND AWARENESS

Statutory Requirements

  • The Act requires Bangladesh Bank to provide training to the staff/officers of banks, financial institutions and other institutions engaged in financial activities in order to combat money laundering.
  • Since financial institutions themselves have responsibilities under the Act in relation to identification, reporting and record retention, it follows that they must ensure that their staffs are adequately trained to discharge their responsibilities.

It is therefore imperative for all financial institutions to take appropriate measures to make employees aware of:

  • policies and procedures to prevent money laundering and for identification, record keeping and internal reporting;
  • the legal requirements; and
  • to provide relevant employees with training in the recognition and handling of suspicious transactions.

The Act does not specify the nature of the training to be given and these Guidance Notes therefore set out what steps might be appropriate to enable institutions to fulfill this requirement.

 

The Need for Staff Awareness

The effectiveness of the procedures and recommendations contained in these Guidance Notes must depend on the extent to which staff in institutions appreciates the serious nature of the background against which the legislation has been enacted. Staff must be aware of their own personal statutory obligations and that they can be personally liable for failure to report information in accordance with internal procedures. All staff must be trained to co-operate fully and to provide a prompt report of any suspicious transactions.

It is, therefore, important that financial institutions introduce comprehensive measures to ensure that all staff and contractually appointed agents are fully aware of their responsibilities.

Education and Training Programs

  • Timing and content of training packages for various sectors of staff will need to be adapted by individual businesses for their own needs. However it is recommended that the following might be appropriate.
  • All relevant staff should be educated in the process of the “know your customer” requirements for money laundering prevention purposes. The training in this respect should cover not only the need to know the true identity of the customer but also, where a business relationship is being established, the need to know enough about the type of business activities expected in relation to that customer at the outset to know what might constitute suspicious activity at a

 

New Employees

A general appreciation of the background to money laundering, and the subsequent need for reporting any suspicious transactions to the Anti Money Laundering Compliance Officer (AMLCO) should be provided to all new employees who are likely to be dealing with customers or their transactions, irrespective of the level of seniority. They should be made aware of the importance placed on the reporting of suspicions by the organization, that there is a legal requirement to report, and that there is a personal statutory obligation to do so.

 

Customer Service/Relationship Managers/Tellers/Foreign Exchange Dealers

Members of staff who are dealing directly with the public are the first point of contact with potential money launderers and their efforts are vital to the organization’s strategy in the fight against money laundering. They must be made aware of their legal responsibilities and should be made aware of the organization’s reporting system for such transactions. Training should be provided on factors that may give rise to suspicions and on the procedures to be adopted when a transaction is deemed to be suspicious. It is vital that ‘front – line’ staffs are made aware of the organization’s policy for dealing with no regular (walk in) customers particularly where large transactions are involved, and the need for extra vigilance in these cases.

 

Processing (Back Office) Staff

Those members of staff who receive completed Account Opening, Payment Order/DD/TT/FDR application forms and cheques for deposit into customer’s account or other investments must receive appropriate training in the processing and verification procedures. Those members of staff, who are in a position to deal with account opening, or to accept new customers, must receive the training given to cashiers and other front office staff above. In addition, the need to verify the identity of the customer must be understood, and training should be given in the organization’s account opening and customer/client verification procedures. Such staff should be aware that the offer of suspicious funds or the request to undertake a suspicious transaction may need to be reported to the Anti Money Laundering Compliance Officer (or alternatively a line supervisor) whether or not the funds are accepted or the transactions proceeded with and must know what procedures to follow in these circumstances.

 

Senior Management/Operations Supervisors and Managers

A higher level of instruction covering all aspects of money laundering procedures should be provided to those with the responsibility for supervising or managing staff. This will include the offences and penalties arising from the Act for non-reporting and for assisting money launderers; internal reporting procedures and the requirements for verification of identity and the retention of records.

 

Anti Money Laundering Compliance Officer

In depth training on all aspects of the Money Laundering Legislation, Bangladesh Bank directives and internal policies will be required for the Anti Money Laundering Compliance Officer. In addition, the AMLCO will require extensive instructions on the validation and reporting of suspicious transactions and on the feedback arrangements, and on new trends and patterns of criminal activity.

 

Refresher Training

In addition to the above relatively standard requirements, training may have to be tailored to the needs of specialized areas of the institution’s business. It will also be necessary to keep the content of training programs under review and to make arrangements for refresher training at regular intervals i.e. at least annually to ensure that staff does not forget their responsibilities. Some financial sector businesses may wish to provide such training on an annual basis; others may choose a shorter or longer period or wish to take a more flexible approach to reflect individual circumstances, possibly in conjunction with compliance monitoring.

 

Steps taken by NCC Bank Ltd. against money laundering

To be complied with the above act NCC Bank Ltd. has adopted several measures to fight against money laundering with the directions of Bangladesh Bank. Such as:

  • Appointed a Chief Anti Money Laundering Compliance Officer (CAMLCO).
  • Prepared a detailed specification of the role and obligations of the CAMLCO.
  • Senior Vice President Mr. Jagadish Chandra Debnath is appointed as CAMLCO.
  • Formed Anti Money Laundering Compliance Committee for each & every branch.
  • Selected a Branch Anti Money Laundering Compliance Officer (BAMLCO).
  • Regular training programs are arranged to make every officer acknowledged about Anti Money Laundering Act to combat against money laundering.
  • The KYC is properly filled with relevant information from each client.
  • Transaction Profile (TP) must be filled with the acknowledgement of each & every client.
  • All the cash transactions are monitored carefully by AMLCO in every branch.
  • Cass Transaction Record (CTR) is maintained regularly.
  • Instruction has given by higher authority to the branch managers for frequent awareness to the employees.
  • Any suspicious transaction is reported to BAMLCO or directly CAMLCO.

 

Corporate Governance in Bank Management

Board of directors and management of a bank should comprise of the competent and professionally skilled persons with a view to ensuring good and corporate governance in the bank management. It is also inevitable to have specific demarcation of responsibilities and authorities between these controlling bodies over bank’s affairs. In absence of specific division of responsibilities and authorities, even in spite of these bodies’ being formed with skilled and efficient persons, the desired goals of an institution cannot be achieved due to lack of transparency and accountability of all concerned. Such kind of situation is more undesirable in an institution like bank-company as it deals with huge public money and interests of the depositors.

In view of the above, rescinding the previous instructions the specific demarcation of responsibilities and authorities among the board of directors, its chairman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and adviser to the private bank in respect of its overall financial, operational and administrative policymaking and executive affairs including overall business activities, internal control, human resources management and development thereof, income and expenditure etc., along with lending and risk management issues, is outlined as follows:-

 

Responsibilities and authorities of the board of directors:

(a) Work-planning and strategic management:

(i) The board shall determine the objectives and goals and to this end shall chalk out strategies and work-plans on annual basis. It shall specially engage itself in the affairs of making strategies consistent with the determined objectives and goals and in the issues relating to structural change and reorganization for enhancement of institutional efficiency and other relevant policy matters.

(ii) The board shall have its analytical review incorporated in the Annual Report as regard the success/failure in achieving the business and other targets as set out in its annual work-plan and shall apprise the shareholders of its opinions/recommendations on future plans and strategies. It shall set the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the CEO and other senior executives and have it evaluated at times.

 

(b) Lending and risk management:

(i) The policies, strategies, procedures etc. in respect of appraisal of loan/investment proposal, sanction, disbursement, recovery, rescheduling and write-off thereof shall be made with the board’s approval under the purview of the existing laws, rules and regulations. The board shall specifically distribute the power of sanction of loan/investment and such distribution should desirably be made among the CEO and his subordinate executives as much as possible. No director, however, shall interfere, directly or indirectly, into the process of loan approval.

(ii) The board shall frame policies for risk management and get them complied with and shall monitor at quarterly rests the compliance thereof.

 

(c) Internal control management:

The board shall be vigilant on the internal control system of the bank in order to attain and maintain satisfactory qualitative standard of its loan/investment portfolio. It shall review at quarterly rests the reports submitted by its audit committee regarding compliance of recommendations made in internal and external audit reports and the Bangladesh Bank inspection reports.

 

(d) Human resources management and development:

(i) Policies relating to recruitment, promotion, transfer, disciplinary and punitive measures, human resources development etc. and service rules shall be framed and approved by the board. The chairman or the directors shall in no way involve themselves or interfere into or influence over any administrative affairs including recruitment, promotion, transfer and disciplinary measures as executed under the set service rules. No member of the board of directors shall be included in the selection committees for recruitment and promotion to different levels. Recruitment and promotion to the immediate two tiers below the CEO shall, however, rest upon the board. Such recruitment and promotion shall have to be carried out complying with the service rules i.e., policies for recruitment and promotion.

(ii) The board shall focus its special attention to the development of skills of bank’s staff in different fields of its business activities including prudent appraisal of loan/investment proposals, and to the adoption of modern electronic and information technologies and the introduction of effective Management Information System (MIS).

 

(e) Financial management:

(i) The annual budget and the statutory financial statements shall finally be prepared with the approval of the board. It shall at quarterly rests review/monitor the positions in respect of bank’s income, expenditure, liquidity, non-performing asset, capital base and adequacy, maintenance of loan loss provision and steps taken for recovery of defaulted loans including legal measures.

(ii) The board shall frame the policies and procedures for bank’s purchase and procurement activities and shall accordingly approve the distribution of power for making such expenditures. The maximum possible delegation of such power shall rest on the CEO and his subordinates. The decision on matters relating to infrastructure development and purchase of land, building, vehicles etc. for the purpose of bank’s business shall, however, be adopted with the approval of the board.

 

(f) Formation of supporting committees: For decision on urgent matters an executive committee, whatever name called, may be formed with the directors. There shall be no committee or sub-committee of the board other than the executive committee and the audit committee. No alternate director shall be included in these committees.

 

(g) Appointment of CEO: The board shall appoint a competent CEO for the bank with the approval of the Bangladesh Bank.

 

Responsibilities of the chairman of the board of directors:

(a) As the chairman of the board of directors (or chairman of any committee formed by the board or any director) does not personally possess the jurisdiction to apply policymaking or executive authority, he shall not participate in or interfere into the administrative or operational and routine affairs of the bank.

(b) The chairman may conduct on-site inspection of any bank-branch or financing activities under the purview of the oversight responsibilities of the board. He may call for any information relating to bank’s operation or ask for investigation into any such affairs; he may submit such information or investigation report to the meeting of the board or the executive committee and if deemed necessary, with the approval of the board, he shall effect necessary action thereon in accordance with the set rules through the CEO. However, any complaint against the CEO shall have to be apprised to Bangladesh Bank through the board along with the statement of the CEO.

(c) The chairman may be offered an office-room, a personal secretary/assistant, a telephone at the office and a vehicle in the business-interest of the bank subject to the approval of the board.

 

Responsibilities of the adviser:

The adviser, whatever name called, shall advise the board of directors or the CEO on such issues only for which he is engaged in terms of the conditions of his appointment. He shall neither have access to the process of decision-making nor shall have the scope of effecting executive authority in any matters of the bank including financial, administrative or operational affairs.

 

Responsibilities and authorities of the CEO:

The CEO of the bank, whatever name called, shall discharge the responsibilities and effect the authorities as follows:

(a) In terms of the financial, business and administrative authorities vested upon him by the board, the CEO shall discharge his own responsibilities. He shall remain accountable for achievement of financial and other business targets by means of business plan, efficient implementation thereof and prudent administrative and financial management.

(b) The CEO shall ensure compliance of the Bank Companies Act, 1991 and/or other relevant laws and regulations in discharge of routine functions of the bank.

(c) The CEO shall include information on violation of any law, rules, regulation including Bank Company Act, 1991 while presenting memos before the Board or the committee formed by the board.

(d) CEO will provide all sorts of information to Bangladesh Bank about the violation of Banking Companies Act, 1991 and/ or any violation of Laws, rules and regulations.

(e) The recruitment and promotion of all staff of the bank except those in the two tiers below him shall rest on the CEO. He shall act in such cases in accordance with the approved service rules on the basis of the human resources policy and sanctioned strength of employees as approved by the board. The board or the chairman of any committee of the board or any director shall not get involved or interfere into such affairs. The authority relating to transfer of and disciplinary measures against the staff, except those at one tier below the CEO, shall rest on him, which he shall apply in accordance with the approved service rules. Besides, under the purview of the human resources policy as approved by the board, he shall nominate officers for training etc.

 

Meeting of Board of Directors etc:

Board of Directors may meet once or more than once in a month if necessary; but Board of Directors shall meet once in every three months.

 

Number of members in Executive Committee:

The number of Executive Committee members shall not exceed seven.

 

Training for Directors:

The directors shall be aware of banking related laws, rules and regulations through proper training.

 

Corporate Governance in NCC Bank Ltd

Establishing Corporate Governance ensures fairness, accountability, responsibility in discharging activities by organization to safeguard interest of the Stakeholders. It is more true for financial institutes, which has been made imperative for the such Institutions by the Central Bank of the country. NCC Bank Ltd. always gives importance in complying with directives of the regulatory bodies and in dealing with valued Shareholders. Accordingly, the Board of Directors of the Bank, Executive Committee and Audit Committee of the Board are performing their duties taking full responsibility and accountability. The Management also acts as per all regulatory norms.

In this regard the Bank has taken befitting steps follows the following principles:

  • The Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer are separate persons.
  • The Board of Directors has an Executive Committee and Audit Committee to support or supplement the Board in taking decision on various policy and business related issues headed by different persons as Chairman of the Committee(s).
  • The Board/Executive Committee of the Board reviews and approves short and long term strategic corporate business plans for compliance by the Management. The Board/Executive Committee of the Board acts as per the policy/guidelines issued by the Central Bank regarding operation in various sectors. The Board/Executive Committee of the Board approves the credit proposals as per Banks set policy and Bangladesh Bank guidelins/regulations. The Board also reviews the action plan implemented by the Management.
  • The Audit Committee of the Board reviews audit report f the Branches and other functions in its regularly held meeting and advises the Management for development/correction. The said Committee also follows up implementation of its suggestions/decisions on regular basis according to Bangladesh Bank circulars/guidelines.
  • The Management operates as per policies, rules and regulations as approved by Board of Directors, complying other statutory requirements.
  • The Managing Director & Chief Executive of the Bank and his Management Team carry out decisions fulfilling all norms and rules and regulations related to various sectors of investment.
  • The Bank gives utmost priority in submitting periodical and other statements to Bangladesh Bank regularly and other regulatory bodies in time to enable the Shareholders to make correct assessment of company’s affairs/profitability.
  • The Board ensures compliance of requirements of regulatory bodies such as Central Bank, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Stock Exchanges, Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms, NBR, CDBL, etc.
  • The Bank has a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as per SEC’s requirement.
  • Self motivated, proactive and committed workforce is a prerequisite for achieving short and long term goals of any organization. In order to ensure this. NCC Bank Ltd. ensures regular training programs and other motivational measures through meetings, seminars & communiqués from time to time.

In 2010, Bank’s Training Institute has arranged a total number of 33 training programs, workshops, etc. on various topics related to finance/banking. A total number of 1115 Executives/Officers have been imparted update information & knowledge in these programs/workshops.

The employees of the Bank are being paid competitive salary and allied benefits as approved by Board of Directors from time to time. Necessary provision against Gratuity has been made as per Bank’s Staff service Rules and as required by regulatory Bodies.

 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by banks and financial institutions in Bangladesh

Introduction

Globally, the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is fast gaining acceptance as the contribution that businesses can and should make voluntarily towards environmentally sustainable and socially equitable development. Besides the usual financial reporting, ‘non-financial’ or ‘sustainability’ reporting is accordingly also fast gaining usage.

Stated briefly, CSR is about (i) taking stock of the economic, social, and environmental impacts of a business, (ii) mitigating the negative impacts and bolstering the benign impacts, (iii) taking up action programs and community investments to reduce social exclusion and inequality and to address the key sustainable development challenges.

 

Initiating CSR programs in banks/financial institutions

Embracing CSR has to begin with decision at the highest corporate level (board of directors), and adoption of action programs and performance targets chosen in consultative processes involving the internal and external stakeholders concerned. A first time CSR program of a bank or financial institution would be likely to include action plans for:

i) Ingraining environmentally responsible practices within the organization;

ii) Engaging with borrowers in scrutiny of the environmental and social impacts of their proposed undertakings (along the PKSF 2004 or Equator Principles 2006 guidelines, as relevant);

iii) Reaching out with financial services to the less well off population segments of the community and,

iv) Community investments by way of donations to initiatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), NGOs and institutions involved in health, education and culture; for social and environmental improvement including nutrition, health and education in the disadvantaged population segments.

 

Foreign banks in Bangladesh having structured CSR programs (in line with their home country practices) can come forward to usefully mentor the new, incipient CSR initiatives of local banks.

Networking and joint initiatives in CSR programs among banks and financial institutions may be useful in some cases in devising more inclusive, comprehensive programs of necessary critical size.

Reporting of the CSR initiatives can begin in a modest way as supplements to usual annual financial reports, eventually to develop into full blown comprehensive reports in the GRI format. Like the statutory financial reports, the CSR reports are expected to be available in the public domain for perusal by stakeholders.

 

Monitoring of CSR performance

While adoption is voluntary and not mandatory, Bangladesh Bank shall monitor CSR adoption and CSR performance of banks and financial institutions, as an additional dimension of their management performance.

 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by NCC Bank Ltd.

Of late Bangladesh Bank has made it mandatory for Banks to put due importance to CSR and taken institutional steps of monitoring such activities periodically. It is hoped that the Banks with their extra efforts on discharging social responsibility can bring positive changes in the society supplementing government’s efforts. NCC Bank ltd. gives top mosr priority in discharging its responsibility to the society. It has long history of discharging CSR and to give it an organized shape, the Board of Directors has set up ‘NCC Bank Foundation’ few years back through which various steps have been taken to fulfill CSR.

 

Recognition:

  1. NCC Bank Ltd. donated Tk.20.00 lac to Bangladesh Cricket Team for wining against New Zealand.
  2. The Bank donated Tk.50.00 lac to Muktijuddha Jadughar.

 

Distribution of Relief:

  1. The Bank donated Tk.4.80 lac to the family of late Col. Lutfor Rahman Khan, a victim of BDR carnage. This will continue for 10(ten) years.
  2. The Bank distributed blankets worth of Tk.5.63 lac in Patgram, Chilmari and Fulbaria area to help the cold wave affected people.
  3. The Bank donated Tk.25.00 lac to the victims of Nimtoli Fire buildings Collapsed at Bagunbari area.
  4. The Bank donated Tk.2.00 lac to Padakkhep’64 for the welfare of family in distress.
  5. The Bank donated aTk.10,000/- to the Distress Families.

 

Education:

  1. The Bank donated Tk.36.48 lac to financial assistance/stipend to the students of various educational institutes.
  2. The Bank donated Tk.6.00 lac to the President, ZontaClub, Chittagong Autistic Welfare Foundation, National Association for Disability Society for the Welfare & Chittagong Disable Development Society to assist in their social works.
  3. The Bank donated Tk.1.00 lac to Feni Zilla Samity, Chittagong.
  4. The Bank donated Tk.5.00 lac to Al Quraan Academy. Dhanmondi Unit.
  5. The Bank donated Tk.10.50 lac for purchase of Computer & Furniture for various educational institutes at different places of the country.
  6. The Bank donated Tk.5.00 lac Rozia Maksuda Trust.

 

Health Care:

  1. The Bank donated Tk.4.60 lac for financial assistance to various distressed people of different places of the country for Medical treatment.
  2. The Bank donated Tk.2.00 lac to National Heart Foundation, Feni.

 

Findings:

  •  NCC Bank Ltd is a banking company incorporated in Bangladesh under the Banking Company Act 1991.
  • Principle activities of NCCBL are according to the Laws.
  • Paid up Capital of NCC Bank Ltd well above than required level in Banking Act.
  • Paid up Capital is divided into ordinary shares of Tk.10.00 each.
  • Any of the shareholders doesn’t hold more than 5% of all voting rights.
  • General Reserve, Statutory Reserve and Cash Reserve are maintained as required in law.
  • NCC Bank Ltd. has adequate capital according to Policy of Capital Adequacy.
  • In case of Loan Classification and Provisioning, NCC Bank Ltd. follows the Policy by Bangladesh Bank.
  • NCCBL reschedules ‘Loans’ as per the guidelines of Bangladesh Bank.
  • In NCCBL, classified loans are written off according to the policy by Central Bank.
  • In case of service charges imposed by NCCBL, there are some deviations from instruction.
  • Loans to the Directors or their relatives have been given according to the guidelines.
  • According to the circular by Bangladesh Bank, NCC Bank Ltd. has credit rated itself regularly by Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh (CRAB).
  • NCC Bank Ltd. has been managing core risks by recognizing the guidelines by Central Bank.
  • NCC Bank has taken necessary steps to form a subsidiary company for Merchant Banking. It has already a separate wing for share trading.
  • NCCBL has been paying premium to Bangladesh Bank under ‘Deposit Insurance Act2000’.
  • NCC Bank has taken necessary steps as ‘Anti Money Laundering Act’ to prevent money laundering.
  • The Corporate Governance Practices in NCC Bank is according to the policy by BB.
  • NCC Bank Ltd. has made significant efforts in Corporate Social Responsibility.

 

Conclusion:

Banking sector is a vital part for the economic development of a country. Bangladesh has made significant economic progress recent years where banking sector’s contribution is immeasurable. The Banking sector has been growing fast since the introduction of private commercial bank. National Credit and Commerce Bank Limited is one of the renowned banks in Bangladesh for its differentiated financial products and services.

To regulate commercials bank regulatory bodies like _The government of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Bank, Security & Exchange Commission have imposed numerous laws and policies. All commercial banks are required to compliance with all the regulations.

In this report, I have wished to present few selected issues of Banking Laws & Regulations and their practices in NCC Bank Ltd. I have assessed the present condition of NCC Bank Ltd. to compare with the requirements in laws & policies.

The structural condition and activities of NCCBL as a commercial bank seems to be according to the rules & regulations. Although there are some lacks between NCCBL’s practices and requirements in laws. Some steps are required for NCCBL to recover these. The overall compliance made by NCC Bank Ltd. to the laws is satisfactory.

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