Directive Notice No. 2 of 2021 - Excluded Moneylenders

The Reserve Bank is hereby issuing Directive No. 2 that supersedes Directive No. 1 issued on the 27th November 2020 that the following entities are exempted from the Moneylenders Act:

  1. Any Body corporate, incorporated or empowered by an Act to lend in accordance with that Act;
  2. Banks licensed under the Banking Act (formerly Financial Institutions Act);
  3. Microfinance Institutions licensed under the Microfinance Institutions Act;
  4. Retirement Funds;
  5. Credit Unions;
  6. Cooperative Societies;
  7. Credit Institutions; and
  8. International Financial Institutions and development partners (e.g. Asian Development Bank, World Bank, International Financial Corporation, Japan International Corporation Association, International Monetary Fund, European Union etc)
  9. Any person who –
    1. lends money solely to employees as a benefit of employment;
    2. lends money solely to -
      1.  corporations;
      2. limited liability partnerships;
      3. trustees for the purposes of business trusts;
  10. Other entities as established by the Reserve Bank through directives.


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