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This learn examines the monetary platforms in economies of the ESCWA zone, and the function of those structures by way of fiscal development. Such an exam goals to give a contribution to a greater knowing of the functioning of economic markets within the sector, and endeavours to let nations to accomplish larger development charges than long ago. the current factor makes a speciality of the banking zone.

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4). Amongst the more important types of uncertainty likely to have an impact on interest rates, and consequently on bank credit, is the expected inflation. If inflation is expected to be high, the purchasing power of a given amount of borrowed funds deteriorates rapidly. The supplier of funds or banks will seek protection against the erosive power of inflation by charging higher interest rates. " High interest spreads may increase the cost of credit, which deters investment or lowers the rate of return on deposits.

4 1 See, for example, J. Peek and E. Rosengren, "Collateral damage: effects of the Japanese bank crisis on real activity in the United States", American Economic Review, 2000. 42 See, for example R. La Porta, F. Lopez-de-Silanes and A. Shleifer, "Government ownership of banks", Journal of Finance, 2002; and J . R. Barth, G. C. Caprio and R. Levine, Choosing the Right Financial System for Growth (Milken Institute, 2004). However, there are many businesses, geographic locations and entrepreneurs that are in dire need of financial services, but that lack the resources to become economically viable enterprises through private financial undertakings.

D. THESTRUCTURE OF THE BANKING SECTOR: OWNERSHIP AND CONCENTRATION The analysis of the financial structure in the selected ESCWA member countries, reviewed in section B of this chapter, noted that the banking sector plays a dominant role in the financial system of these countries in follow-up, further characteristics of the banking sectors of these countries are analysed below. 1. Bank concentration Advances in information technology, globalization and deregulation have caused drastic changes in the structure of the banking industry.

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