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Havin Bank Ltd.
National Bank of Cánada
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA)
Banco Sabadell
Republic Bank Ltd.

Havin Bank Ltd. was set up on October 3, 1972, as a Private Limited Company, by means of a Certificate of Incorporation issued by "Company House", under the laws and regulations of the United Kingdom and is submitted to the supervision of the Finance Service Authority (FSA), which was created as a substitute for the activities that were previously carried out by the Bank of England.

The Bank of England authorised Havin Bank Ltd. to operate as a bank, in August, 1973, being the only bank with absolutely Cuban capital formed outside Cuba, in which Banco Central de Cuba is a shareholder.

Banco Nacional de Cuba issued Havin Bank Ltd. a License to establish a Representative Office in Cuba by means of Resolution No. 88, of 1991. The Office was officially set up in May, 1995.

From the beginning, has known how to take advantage of its location in the City of London, one of the major financial centres of the world, and from having and developing an extensive understanding of the Cuban market, its enterprises, perspectives and peculiarities.

EThis unique position, together with the efficiency and professionalism of its personnel, has allowed it to conceive, develop and consolidate the Cuban market by conveying financing through the Bank and assisting its clients with a wide variety of banking services which, among others, enable it to perform the following operations:

  • To attract, receive and keep resources in demand or time deposits, in suitable forms and at a very competitive rate of interest.
  • To grant any form of financing.
  • To carry out all types of operations with negotiable commercial paper.
  • To carry out all forms of international banking activity.

SIts ample network of over 400 correspondents throughout the world, enables Havin Bank Ltd. to provide a whole variety of banking services requested by its clients in different currencies and markets.

Note. Photo of the Head Office in the City of London

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National Bank of Canada, present within the economic and social scene of the country for more than 135 years, is currently registered as one of the most important banks of Canada with assets accounting for over 78 billion dollars. Its Canadian network comprises about 655 branches and offices as well as 49 service centres for enterprises. The Main Office of National Bank of Canada is in Montreal.

National Bank of Canada is also present in the international scene (USA, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean). Its relation with Cuba, specifically, dates back to more than 28 years. The bank participates in the capital of many finance companies and has subsidiaries in the fiduciary, marketable securities and insurance sectors as well as in those of export development and financing.

National Bank of Canada has set itself the mission of serving a diversified clientele, thus offering a great number of products, adjusted to the needs of individuals and enterprises, whether small or big.

The constant worry of the Bank to satisfy the needs and expectations of its clients is expressed not only in a great variety of methods of payment, saving, investment and financing but also in the services provided by a specialised personnel, capable of properly advising clients on the increasingly number of products and services it offers.

Owing to its long tradition and to the experience of numerous institutions it has merged with, National Bank of Canada intends to continue its efforts through its broad network of branches and its 17,300 employees who, undoubtedly are the most precious asset of the Bank.

Since January 20, 1995, National Bank of Canada has been present in Cuba through a Representative Office, authorised by Resolution No. 22 of the same year, issued by Banco Nacional de Cuba.

Its Representative Office has contributed to strength commercial relations of its clients with Cuban enterprises as well as with the whole Cuban financial system. Its activities focus on promoting development on financing of bilateral trade, advising Canadian clients and orienting investors towards the best targets, offering them its expertise in foreign trade and international financing.

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Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S. A. (BBVA) has completed in 2001 a successful stage. In only two years of its establishment, BBVA has been able to conclude a merging process and to place itself among the most efficient, profitable and solvent financial groups of Europe. In a downturn environment of the main economies, it has achieved high quality results, new efficiency advances and outstanding levels of profitability and equity soundness.

BBVA is a well diversified financial group internationally, and has made itself present in 37 countries, basically in Europe and Latin America through a network of 7,988 Offices, 3,620 in Spain, and a payroll of 98,588 employees, of which 31,686 are in Spain. The strategy of geographical expansion has been concentrated mainly in Latin America, a region in which the Group has built in recent years one of the main global franchise with a market share over 10,0 percent in the banking business and an outstanding leadership in the pension business with a share over 27,0 percent, high above its more immediate competitors.

Despite the downturn of the main economies, BBVA has achieved high quality results, new advances in efficiency and outstanding levels of profitability and equity soundness. Benefits obtained by the Group in the 2001, amount up to 2,363 million Euros, a figure over by 5,9 percent in relation to last year, determining profitability on equity of 18,0 percent. Efficiency margin is 50,4 percent, one of the best indicators of the major banks in the Euro zone, with an advance of almost 3 points in the fiscal year. Likewise, 3,511 million Euros has been destined to streamlining, a figure above by 70,0 percent to that of the 2000, despite profits made were less and that arrears of payment indicators are at minimum levels. Of the said amount, 1,354 millions have been used to hedge risk derived from investment in Argentina.

BBVA Group relations with Cuba are ancestral and intense covering diverse sectors of the Cuban economy, but focused on the financial sector by actively participating in traditional banking interchanges, such as industrial project and trade operation financing.

Its physical presence dates back from February, 1995, and the Representative Office’s main activities are oriented to management, promotion and coordination of business related with banking sector and other national entities, including those with foreign capital participation as well as to advise and provide information on different aspects related with banking operation and the economy in general.

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Banco Sabadell was founded on December 31, 1881, in Sabadell (Barcelona) with Spanish private capital. Its main activity is commercial banking with important participation in medium and small size enterprises and individuals of high and medium income.

At the end of the 2001, it counted on more than 50,000 shareholders and

7,788 employees in 918 offices with a significant concentration in Cataluña, Asturias, and Madrid. Banco Sabadell leads the fourth Financial Group of the Spanish banking sector, together with Solbank (former NatWest Spain), Banco de Asturias and Banco Herrero. Caixa and Banco Comercial Portugués are its strategic partners. It is considered a leader in various financial services with a long historical record of high profitability. Its assets are over 26,500 million Euros.

During the 2001, Banco Sabadell reorganised and consolidated its presence internationally. At present the Bank has fifteen offices abroad, out of which four branches and eleven representative offices are disseminated along the world. As part of its America Project, it holds strategic participation in Banco del Bajío in Mexico, and Group BHD in the Dominican Republic.

The presence of Banco Sabadell in Cuba has been consolidated since 1995, when Banco Nacional de Cuba granted it License No. 330 to establish its Representative Office. At present it participates with 50,0 percent in Financiera Iberoamericana S.A, being the other 50,0 percent held by Grupo Nueva Banca S.A.

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FRANSABANK SAL was established in Beirut in 1921 as a full branch of one of the major French banks at the time, Crédit Foncier d’Algérie et de Tunisie (C.F.A.T.). It includes among its partners two of the most worldwide-recognized financial institutions: Crédit Agricole from France and DEG from Germany.

FRANSABANK SAL is one of the leading Lebanese banks and it provides a wide range of retail and commercial banking and financial services, basically to individuals and private sector companies. The Bank also provides corporate banking services, such as lease financing (lease with the purchase option) through its subsidiary and syndicated loans. The Bank is experiencing a solid growth in a competitive market.

The Bank’s activities are diversified with the purpose to achieve the goal of becoming a Universal Bank. In recent years, it has introduced a broader range of retail banking products and services, such as small and medium personal credits and housing loans as well as debit cards and automated teller machines. Its corporate banking and project finance sectors also continue to develop and grow. While the trade finance remains an area of prime importance for the Bank, it is also emphasising longer-term lending to the industry and other sectors

FRANSABANK SAL provides its corporate clients with a full range of banking services including medium- and long-term loans offered to the industry and other sectors, discounting of bills, working capital facilities and international transfers.

In 2000, its strategy to become a Universal Bank was broadly evidenced. Its objective of widening and deepening relations with clients in all the economic sectors and of guaranteeing high quality services has been fulfilled to a great extent.

FRANSABANK SAL has been issued a License to establish an Investment Bank. Economic activities of this new entity will include private banking, such as brokerage and portfolio asset management, and selected activities of investment banking.

The credit department at the Bank has been restructured to include a Management Risk Unit, whose main objective is to control the Bank’s systematic risks.

FRANSABANK SAL’s Representative Office in Havana was inaugurated in 1995, by means of a license granted by Banco Nacional de Cuba under Resolution No. 53 of the same year. The Office is managed by a Representative from Beirut. Since 1994, FRANSABANK SAL has provided financial services to many Cuban enterprises.

FRANSABANK SAL is managing a medium- and short-term financing portfolio.


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Republic Bank Ltd. opened it Office of Representation in Cuba at the beginning of May, 2002, when it was issued to it a license by Banco Central de Cuba, under Resolution No.15/2002, inscribed in the General Register of Banks with number 38.

Republic Bank Ltd. was set up in 1837 in Trinidad Tobago. At present it is the top independent bank of the

Caribbean, with a broad projection in the whole region in the promotion of trade relations between these countries.

Republic Bank Ltd. counts on assets of over USD 3,000 millions, and equities for USD 400 millions. Its leader position has been consolidated in the last decade within the financial system of Trinidad and Tobago, attaining market participation of over 40,0 percent, in deposits as well as in placements. Moreover, it has extended its participation in the Caribbean through its branches, the National Commercial Bank of Granada and the National Bank of Industry and Commerce of Guyana, which are the top banks of their System. Also, their activities in the region have increased notably by means of trade financing operations in South America, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba.

The main services provided by Republic Bank Ltd are the following:

  • Consumer banking.
  • Foreign trade financing.
  • Credit facilities for PYMES.
  • Investment financing.
  • Capital market operations.
  • Credit cards.

Republic Bank Ltd. has been financing trade operations in Cuba since 1999, granting credit lines to different financial institutions established in the country, in support to import and exports made by Cuban enterprises.

The Representative Office of Republic Bank established in Cuba, will facilitate trade operations of the Bank in the Island, and identify business opportunities linked to financial services, such as bill discount, direct loans, opening of letters of credit to finance imports and export financing for subsequent approval and implementation by the Headquarters of Republic Bank Ltd. in Trinidad and Tobago.



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