10 Aug 2017

BRED bank to open in Solomon Islands

2:15 pm on 10 August 2017

The Solomon Islands' first European bank will open its doors in Honiara on Friday.

A branch of BRED Bank in Port Vila, Vanuatu

A branch of BRED Bank in Port Vila, Vanuatu Photo: RNZI / Jamie Tahana

The French BRED Bank was given the go ahead this week by the governor of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands Denton Rarawa.

Mr Rarawa issued the letter of approval on Monday after a final inspection of the bank's premises and banking chamber.

BRED bank's venture into Solomon Islands' fills a gap left by Westpac when it sold up to Bank South Pacific in 2015.

It becomes the fourth commercial bank in Solomon Islands alongside the long established ANZ and domestically incorporated Pan Oceanic Bank.

Mr Rarawa said BRED Bank's entry into the local market would improve the banking options available to businesses and individuals.

BRED Bank's other operations in the Pacific are in New Caledonia, Tahiti, Wallis and Futuna,Vanuatu and Fiji.