French BNP Paribas is injecting 70 million dinars in a 146 percent capital increase by its Libyan affiliate Sahara Bank, a spokeswoman for the bank said on Wednesday.
"There is a capital increase of 368 million dinars that will raise (Sahara's) capital to 620 million dinars," she said. She was responding to comments from Sahara Bank shareholder Mohamed al-Boussifi to Reuters in Tripoli earlier on Wednesday.
Boussifi said the decision to raise the capital was approved by a shareholder assembly the same day.
"BNP is contributing 19 percent, which reflects our current share ownership in the bank (Sahara)," the BNP Paribas spokeswoman added.