Chennai: Punjab National Bank was scouting for acquisition of a bank in Kazakhstan as part of its plans to expand its presence, a top Bank executive said on Saturday.
"There are lot of opportunities (in Kazakhstan). A high level delegation has visited the place and it is very much on our radar (for acquisitions)" Punjab National Bank Executive Director Nagesh Pydah told reporters here.
Presently, PNB has a representative office at Almaty in Kazakhstan.
The bilateral trade between India and Kazakhstan stood at USD 5.5 billion, he said.
To a query, Pydah said it would have a controlling stake in any bank which it was planning to acquire. ``We will acquire 51 percent stake in a bank (when we acquire),`` he said.
In addition to this, the Bank would open a 100 percent subsidiary in Vancouver and would convert its representative office at Dubai to a branch.
PNB, which entered the credit card businesses in February this year, has managed to issue 70,000 cards.However, PNB was doing businesses of Rs 4000 crore from 40 million customers and many areas in credit card business were "untapped". For this purpose, PNB has short-listed a vendor to offer end-to-end solutions and by Feb next "it will be operational", he said.
Pydoh was here to announce PNB`s tie-up with Ernst and Young Foundation to offer scholarship loans for about 5000 economically weak students.
Under this scheme,loans will be extended by PNB at various centres while Ernst and Young would assist the recovery of loans. Around 350 students were given loans by the Bank, he said.
The Bank`s total provisional business figures as of September 30, stood at Rs 3.95 crore with deposits of Rs 2.30 crore and advances of Rs 1.64 crore.