THE CENTRAL BANK on Monday mentioned Philippine banks have “minimal” publicity to Russia and Ukraine, as the warfare continues for a seventh week.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno mentioned cross-border deposit liabilities of Philippine banks to Russia and Ukraine amounted to lower than 1% of the banking trade’s complete deposit liabilities as of end-September final yr.
“The cross-border monetary publicity of Philippine banks to Russia and Ukraine is minimal. As of end-September 2021, Philippine banks have cross-border deposit liabilities to Russia and Ukraine amounting to solely $672,200 and $969,200, respectively,” he mentioned in a Viber message to reporters on Sunday night.
Native lenders don’t have any cross-border monetary belongings with Ukraine and Russia, the BSP chief added.
Mr. Diokno mentioned two Philippine banks have P254.12 million in investments, by means of their belief departments, in two Russian banks — VTB Financial institution Public Joint Inventory Co. and the Russian Agricultural Financial institution — as of December 2021.
“This represents lower than 1% of (the 2 Philippine banks’) complete belongings beneath administration,” he mentioned.
Mr. Diokno additionally mentioned inflows from each Russia and Ukraine account for lower than 1% of the full money remittances final yr.
“Nonetheless, BSP is conscious that the disaster might not directly have an effect on the stream of remittances of abroad Filipinos from the 2 warring international locations,” Mr. Diokno mentioned.
Central financial institution knowledge confirmed that money remittances from Russia and Ukraine in 2021 amounted to $2.261 million and $121,000, respectively. Each are comparatively small in contrast with the $3.745 billion price of inflows that come from Europe and the $31.417-billion complete from everywhere in the world in the identical yr.
The BSP chief additionally famous the nation’s direct commerce hyperlinks with Russia and Ukraine are “negligible.” Exports to Russia solely amounted to $120 million or 0.2% of the Philippines’ complete exports in 2021, whereas exports to Ukraine reached $5 million.
“In short, commerce financing transactions of banks with Russian counterparts are inconsequential,” Mr. Diokno mentioned.
He reiterated that the nation will proceed to see restricted financial fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The financial fallout from the Russia-Ukraine on the Philippine financial system is proscribed for 3 causes: first, the nation’s geographic distance from the battle space; second, the nation’s restricted financial and enterprise hyperlinks with each Russia and Ukraine; and third, its robust macroeconomic fundamentals,” Mr. Diokno mentioned.
Reuters reported on Saturday that S&P lowered Russia’s overseas forex rankings to “selective default” on elevated dangers that Moscow won’t be able and keen to honor its commitments to overseas debtholders.
Russia is going through extra sanctions from Western economies over its invasion of Ukraine.
The BSP earlier acknowledged the warfare’s affect will spill over to the Philippine financial system, primarily by means of rising inflation.
In its March 24 assembly, the BSP raised its inflation forecast for 2022 to 4.3%, which is already above the 2-4% goal.
In March, headline inflation quickened to 4% from 3% in February, already reflecting the affect of the Russia-Ukraine warfare on world oil costs and commodity costs.
There have been world considerations over potential power provide disruptions as a result of disaster. Russia is without doubt one of the world’s main oil exporters, whereas Ukraine is a serious world wheat exporter. — L.W.T.Noble with Reuters