From The Report: Kenya 2018
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As the full-year results for 2017 began to emerge, the effects of a new cap on lending interest rates become apparent, with most banks reporting reduced margins and profitability. A tighter lending environment, however, has encouraged banks to find alternative routes to revenue. Technological innovation, in particular, has received a fresh impetus as lenders reach out to prospective customers through new channels, such as mobile banking. However, despite the challenges of 2017, solid fundamentals point to continued positive performance in 2018. Increases in net assets and deposits, consolidation and the continued streamlining and digitisation of bank services have contributed to sector resilience. This chapter contains interviews with Patrick Ngugi Njoroge, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya; Joshua Oigara, CEO and Managing Director, KCB Group; Jeremy Awori, CEO, Barclays Kenya; and Kenneth Kaniu, CEO, Britam Asset Managers.