The recent announcement of TPB Bank Plc’s (“TPB”) merger with TIB Corporate Bank Limited (“TIB’) was met with much optimism especially within the Tanzanian banking and media industry. This is owed to the fact that TPB has now joined a unique group of commercial banks operating in Tanzania that hold assets amounting to TZS 1 trillion (approximately USD 431 million) or more. This follows the government owned lender’s acquisition of the assets and liabilities of TIB, which is also a government majority owned bank.
This signals a continued shift towards consolidation within the banking industry but also further raises questions of the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the banking industry and the role that mergers and acquisitions may play in its consequences.
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