KIGALI, March 27 Rwanda's Bank of Kigali
reported a 26 percent rise in full-year net profit,
largely driven by expansion of its loan book and net interest
Net profit rose to 14.8 billion Rwandan francs ($22 million)
for 2013, with net interest income rising 55 percent to 33.3
billion francs, while other fees and commissions also rose, the
bank said in a statement on Wednesday.
The lender formally launched an agency banking service
during the year, allowing customers to open accounts through
agents across Rwanda.
It has also started mobile phone banking, following the lead
of a number of African banks - notably in Kenya - to expand
financial services to remote areas and poorer communities.
Rwanda expects its economy to grow by 6 percent this year
and 6.7 percent in 2015 after a loss of foreign aid caused it to
miss its forecast target for last year. Growth dropped to 4.6
percent last year, well below the central bank's forecast of 6.6
(Reporting by Jenny Clover; Writing by James Macharia; Editing
by David Goodman)