Lebanon Takes Steps to Avoid Capital Flight

Lebanon’s central bank told local lenders to settle their debt securities and Certificates of Deposit in client accounts at banks working in the country exclusively, part of emergency measures to avoid capital flight, Bloomberg News reported. In a circular issued Thursday and effective for six months, banks will settle the value and interest of debt securities issued by them as well as Certificate of Deposits in accounts in Lebanon. Local lenders and the central bank have taken a series of measures to protect the sector and prevent a run on the banks as they ration U.S. dollars in the face of a liquidity crunch. Banking restrictions include banning most transfers abroad and limiting dollar and local-currency withdrawals. Read more