A new online platform for the submission of microfinance bank (MFB) licence applications has been unveiled by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
According to an official press release, the new platform known as CBN Licencing, Approval and Other Requests Portal (CBN LARP) would be replacing the current manual process which previous prospective applicants for MFB licenses have been physically submitting their applications to the CBN.
The apex bank also noted that it would extend the platform to other categories of licence.
What this means
CBN further disclosed that the new LARP platform would help simplify the process by which Microfinance Banks get their licencing.
The apex bank also set a deadline for the implementation of this new platform.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release:
The online application system offers numerous benefits, including a simplified process, time savings, enhanced communication, and robust security measures.
By digitising the application process, the Bank aims to improve accessibility, reduce paperwork, and expedite licence approvals, benefiting both applicants and the economy.
Consequently, with effect from September 25, 2023, MFB licence applicants are required to submit both hardcopy and online applications (via the CBN LARP) as part of a parallel run.
The cover letter submitting the hardcopy application must also note a valid application reference from the online submission to be accepted.
The parallel run will end on December 31, 2023. Thereafter, manual submissions of hardcopy MFB licencer applications will no longer be required and accepted.
CBN also noted that it would continue to accept manual applications for all other licencer types until further notice.
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