The State Bank of Pakistan today signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Pakistan
Microfinance Network (PMN) and NRSP Microfinance Bank wherein SBP has agreed to provide a total of
Rs 215 million under the Institutional Strengthening Fund (ISF).
Under the arrangement, the State Bank will provide Rs 133 million to PMN over the next five
years and Rs 82 million to NRSP Microfinance Bank over the period of one year for promotion of
microfinance services in the country. In addition, Rs 82 million have also been approved for Tameer
Microfinance Bank over the next one year.
SBP Deputy Governor, Mr. Kamran Shehzad, and Deputy Head of UK Department for
International Development (DFID), Mr. David Taylor, were present at the signing ceremony which was
held in Islamabad. They expressed the hope that the grant facility will build PMN’s capacity to foster
transparency and promote information exchange in the microfinance sector. In addition, the facility will
help NRSP Microfinance Bank to build capacity and develop a real‐time Management Information
System for developing capabilities to accept deposits from the lower end of the market and Tameer
Microfinance Bank to launch branchless banking operations.
The National Microfinance Strategy, currently implemented by SBP, envisages maximizing the
microfinance outreach to three million clients by 2010 and 10 million by 2015. The strategy targets
demand‐and‐supply side bottlenecks to enhance microfinance sector sustainability to help raise its
capital base and human resource capacity. Moreover, the strategy promotes substantive up‐scaling
through entry of new players, development of market infrastructure and promotion of alternative
delivery channels through partnerships and use of technology.