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Banking Sector Integration and Competition in CEMAC

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  • Saab, Samer
  • Vacher, Jerome

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This paper considers the extent of retail banking integration in the Communauté Economique et Monétaire d'Afrique Centrale (CEMAC) and the level of bank competition at the regional level. Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative indicators, the paper finds some evidence of price convergence in average interest rate spreads. However, this observed fact is not supported by an increase in cross-border flows in retail loans and deposits, and price convergence may merely reflect excess liquidity in the region. Other data also indicate that bank competition within the CEMAC as a region is limited, complementing the findings on integration. Addressing shortfalls in legal and regulatory frameworks, infrastructure, and markets would facilitate integration.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 2011.

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Keywords: Central African Economic and Monetary Community; Banks; Competition; Bank soundness; Financial soundness indicators; Monetary unions; Economic cooperation; CEMAC;

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  1. Amadou N. R. Sy, 2006. "Financial Integration in the West African Economic and Monetary Union," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 06/214, International Monetary Fund.
  2. David Hauner & Shanaka J. Peiris, 2005. "Bank Efficiency and Competition in Low-Income Countries," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 05/240, International Monetary Fund.
  3. International Monetary Fund, 2005. "Competition in Indian Banking," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 05/141, International Monetary Fund.
  4. Johan Mathisen & Thierry D. Buchs, 2005. "Competition and Efficiency in Banking," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 05/17, International Monetary Fund.
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  1. Jian-Ye Wang & Nisreen H. Farhan & Amar Shanghavi & Márcio Valério Ronci & Misa Takebe, 2008. "The Choice of Monetary and Exchange Rate Arrangements for a Small, Open, Low-Income Economy," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 08/118, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Pamphile MEZUI-MBENG, 2012. "Cycle Du Credit Et Cycle Des Affaires Dans Les Pays De La Cemac," Cahiers du CEREFIGE, CEREFIGE (Centre Europeen de Recherche en Economie Financiere et Gestion des Entreprises), Universite de Lorraine 1202, CEREFIGE (Centre Europeen de Recherche en Economie Financiere et Gestion des Entreprises), Universite de Lorraine, revised 2012.
  3. KAMGNA, Severin Yves & Ndambendia, Houdou, 2008. "Excès de liquidité systémique et effectivité de la politique monétaire : cas des pays de la CEMAC
    [Excess liquidity and monetary policy effectiveness: The case of CEMAC countries]
    ," MPRA Paper 9599, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. KAMGNA, Severin Yves & DIMOU, Leonnel, 2008. "Efficacité technique des banques de la CEMAC
    [Technical efficiency of the banks of the CEMAC]
    ," MPRA Paper 9603, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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