Moldova’s Bank Crisis. New Faces
BSSB.BE intellinews.com/ 15.03.2016
Moldova’s parliament endorsed Sergiu Cioclea as the country’s new central bank governor on March 11, with 61 of the 101 lawmakers voting in favour of his appointment.
Given his broad international experience and political independence, Cioclea’s nomination bodes well for the battered Moldovan banking system. Appointing a new governor on a transparent and professional basis is a pre-requisite for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Union and Romania to continue their financial assistance to Moldova.
- Nonetheless, the report from Kroll that I have in my possession is a doozy. After it was released (by A. Candu, the leader of the pro-EU bloc that is protesting the current Moldovan government) to the media, the BBC managed to interview Ilan Shor. Despite the fact that Shor was the head of one of the three banks involved in the Theft of the Century, he denies all knowledge or participation in the theft.
- That’s a little bit like Nixon saying he knew nothing about the Watergate burglary, which is interesting because Nixon almost did get away with lying about his involvement and only a series of fortunate coincidences (involving someone giving routine boring testimony mentioning that Nixon audio recorded his own office (which WTF? nobody has ever quite explained why he did that)) led to the truth coming out.
- Make no mistake, the Kroll report is devastating and is far more than a “collection of press clippings” (Shor’s response) and shows hard numbers and facts that overwhelmingly demonstrate that Shor and/or other individuals working with him benefited from this $1 billion theft.
What happened next?
Cioclea’s nomination as the head of the National Bank of Moldova was supported by all the parties represented in the parliament, except for the Socialist Party and Communist Party, noi.md reported.
“I accepted [the nomination] because I believe I can pursue the necessary reforms,” Cioclea declared after he was appointed by the lawmakers.
“Moldova’s banking system suffers from lack of transparency, it does not fulfil its role of financial intermediation and one can evaluate it as inefficient,” Cioclea stated. He added that one of his targets will be to attract foreign investors to the country’s banking system.
Former BNP Paribas executive Cioclea was selected from among nine candidates by a parliamentary committee on March 2. This was the second attempt to appoint a central bank governor after the committee rejected all the candidates in a previous attempt in November.
Cioclea replaces Dorin Dragutanu, who resigned last October and has been in the meantime acting as interim governor.
- At the age of 42, Cioclea has 17 years experience in emerging economies as consultant and manager, most recently as head of corporate finance for BNP Paribas in Moscow.
- His expertise ranges from the commercial banking sector to insurance, mergers and acquisitions and privatisation. Among other projects, Cioclea advised the seller in the privatisation of three Serbian banks, Continental, Novosadska and Jubanka.
- Sergiu Cioclea is 42 years old and has an experience of more than 17 years in the financial-banking sector. Cioclea got his master and post-graduate degree at the University Pantheon-Assas from Paris. He speaks Romanian, English, French, Russian and holds three citizenships: Moldova, Romania and France.
According to RISE Moldova, Sergiu Cioclea was involved in the privatizing of 56,13% of shares of Banca de Economii by BNP Paribas in 2008, process demanded by the International Monetary Fund for a financial assistance program for Moldova. The transaction failed because of unknown reasons.
The new governor’s primary task will be to continue investigations into the bank frauds that resulted in the siphoning off of $1bn from the banking system in recent years. The clarification of the ownership of Moldovan banks, as a step toward better corporate governance, is another key task, according to a team of IMF experts that recently visited the country.
We shall see whether there will be any changes in the investigation of THE THEFT OF THE CENTURY
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