Central African Republic: Bank credit to the private sector

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 Central African Republic

Bank credit to the private sector as percent of GDP

 Latest value 11.53
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1960 - 2021
 Average 10.56
 Min - Max 3.96 - 21.58
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for the Central African Republic from 1960 to 2021. The average value for the Central African Republic during that period was 10.56 percent with a minimum of 3.96 percent in 1994 and a maximum of 21.58 percent in 1974. The latest value from 2021 is 11.53 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 162 countries is 55.59 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Central African Republic - Bank credit to the private sector - Recent values chart

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Central African Republic - Bank credit to the private sector - historical chart - 1960-2021




Bank credit in the Central African Republic and other countries is defined as the credit extended by the banking institutions to the private sector only: both firms and households. It does not include lending to the government.

Credit is essential for the economy to function well. It funds new investments and allows people to purchase houses, cars, and other items. Of course, excessive lending and borrowing usually end up in financial crises but, in principle, credit availability is good for economic development.

If the banking credit to the private sector is about 70 percent of GDP and more, then the country has a relatively well developed financial system. The amount of credit can even exceed 200 percent of GDP in some very advanced economies. In some poor countries, the credit could be less than 15 percent of GDP. In these countries, firms and households essentially do not have access to credit for investment and various purchases.
Definition: Domestic credit to private sector by banks refers to financial resources provided to the private sector by other depository corporations (deposit taking corporations except central banks), such as through loans, purchases of nonequity securities, and trade credits and other accounts receivable, that establish a claim for repayment. For some countries these claims include credit to public enterprises.

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