File - An employee counts money at the Central Bank in Beirut, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh is contemplating easing Lebanese banks' capital requirements to help shareholders and investors collect more dividends from profitable commercial lenders, bankers said Monday.Almost all of the banks in Lebanon are endeavoring to achieve a 12 percent capital adequacy ratio, and most of them have achieved this goal without difficulty.Although Salameh did not spell out the measures he may take concerning Basel III requirements, some believe that the governor may ease the capital requirements so that the investors can collect bigger stake from the dividends. Another banker suggested that it wouldn't hurt for example to lower the capital adequacy ratio from 12 percent to 10 percent, stressing that even this was above that achieved by many European banks.Salameh assured the Association of Banks that pressure from the Unites states on Lebanon's banks had eased considerably.
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