RIYADH, March 3 The Saudi Arabian Monetary
Agency is not concerned about current bank lending growth rates,
and inflation is tolerable, the governor of the central bank,
Fahad al-Mubarak, said on Sunday.
Asked if he was concerned about a high level of bank lending
to the private sector, Mubarak said: "Not at all. The bank
lending to the private sector is consistent with all the
policies that SAMA puts (in place) and monitors."
He said loans to deposits were now about 75 percent, while
SAMA caps the ratio at 85 percent.
"It is positive that the banks continue to lend to the
private sector," he told a news conference, adding that the
quality of banks' lending portfolios had improved in recent
years, resulting in fewer bad loans.