BoT Governor Weerathai Santipraphop said today that the reforms will loosen restrictions on financial institutions and financial service providers, and allow them to incorporate more technology in their operations involving SMEs. The reforms include an allowance for banks to use credible information from alternative sources when reviewing a client’s credit history for a loan application. Applicable data would include ratings and business relationships, taking the place of deposit and withdrawal data.
Other variations of regulations include a more flexible limit on loans to SMEs and individuals for the setting up of a business, currently capped at five times the entities monthly income. Credit guarantees and refinancing will now only require a single document for assessment.
Changes to accommodate the BoT’s transition to the digital era are expected to save it up to 1 billion baht per year in costs and an additional 500 million baht in assessing credit guarantees for SMEs. The reforms are to be put into effect in March next year.