DUBAI Jan 27 Dubai lender Emirates NBD's
newly appointed chief executive is comfortable with
the bank's exposure to the government and its state-linked
entities in the emirate, he said in a conference call on Monday.
"I'm not uncomfortable with the exposure that we have to
Dubai. However, with the new central bank legislation that's on
the way around exposures, we will need to wind some of that down
over the next five years until we get to the required ratios,"
Shayne Nelson, who took over on Jan 1, told reporters.
The United Arab Emirates' central bank is planning to impose
rules restricting the amount of exposure which banks can have to
the debt of government-related entities (GREs).
ENBD's loans to Dubai government consist of 91 billion
dirhams out of a total loan book of 238.3 billion dirhams,
equivalent to about 38 percent.
(Reporting by David French; Editing by Praveen Menon)