Sao Tome and Principe: Bank credit to the private sector

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 Sao Tome and Principe

Bank credit to the private sector as percent of GDP

 Latest value 16.68
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 2001 - 2021
 Average 25.02
 Min - Max 4.36 - 40.04
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Sao Tome and Principe from 2001 to 2021. The average value for Sao Tome and Principe during that period was 25.02 percent with a minimum of 4.36 percent in 2001 and a maximum of 40.04 percent in 2012. The latest value from 2021 is 16.68 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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Sao Tome and Principe - Bank credit to the private sector - Recent values chart

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Sao Tome and Principe - Bank credit to the private sector - historical chart - 2001-2021




Bank credit in Sao Tome and Principe 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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