Bahrain: CBB Prohibits Retail Banks From Blocking Customer Accounts

The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has instructed all retail banks to refrain from blocking customer accounts if the customer has lost his or her employment or has retired.
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The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has instructed all retail banks to refrain from blocking customer accounts if they come to know that the customer has lost his or her employment or has retired when the customer has a financing arrangement with the bank.

The CBB prohibited such practice by retail banks, regardless of whether or not contractually the bank has the right to take such action.

The instructions are aimed at ensuring sound and fair banking practices, taking into consideration the interests of customers, as part of the CBB’s ongoing initiatives for best practices and consumer protection in the Kingdom.

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