RETAIL BANKING | Tony Chua, India

PNB steps up global operations expansion

Aside from pending licensure in Australia and Canada, the lender eyes to move its international operations headquarters to London.

Punjab National Bank (International) is looking at "further expanding" its global operations, bank's Chairman and Managing Director K R Kamath has said.

"In terms of our international operations, we are now present in nine countries. We are in the process of a few more expansions of getting into Australia in the form of a rep (representation) office for which we have already received licence and efforts are on," Kamath told PTI.

"Our licence for a subsidiary in Canada is pending with the Canadian regulator and we are pursuing it. We are also pursuing our application for upgrading our office in Oslo in Norway into a full-fledged branch," he added.

These are immediate expansion plans but the bank is also looking at further expansion of international operations, he said. "We are exploring the possibility of moving in Europe, keeping London as our international headquarters."

Kamath said during the year ended March 2011, the bank registered an overall profit of Rs 4,433 crore ($986.98 million), excluding the profit made by its international subsidiary.

Punjab National Bank (International) made an operating profit of almost 10 million dollars in the year ended March 2011.

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