Kazakh say close to building stable banking sector

Kazakhstan's central bank said on Feb. 7, 2001 the central asian state would finalise the creation of a stable and transparent banking system this year which would boost confidence among private depositors and foreign investors. Deputy National Bank Chairman Yerlen Zhangeldin told a news conference that Kazakh banks were consolidating with a view to increasing their stability. He said the number of banks had shrunk to 48 by January 1, 2001 from 55 in 2000 and 271 in 1993.

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