Rafidain Bank (Arabic: مصرف الرافدين lit. Bank of Mesopotamia) is the largest bank in Iraq, with 165 branches inside Iraq and with branches in Cairo, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Sana'a, Amman and Jabal Amman. Its HQ is in central Baghdad. The bank was established in 1941 and in the 1960s in a wave of Ba'ath nationalisation became a state bank. In 1988, the Rafidain's non-performing assets were carved out into the Rasheed Bank.[1]

Rafidain Bank
TypeGovernment-owned corporation
FoundedIraq , 1941
HeadquartersBaghdad, Iraq
ProductsFinancial Services

Before the First Gulf War, Rafidain Bank "was the Arab world’s largest commercial bank with total assets of USD 47 billion.".[1]

The Bank was very badly damaged by the first Gulf War and the economic sanctions against Iraq. These sanctions were behind the closure of Rafidain's London Branch in 1990. During the second Gulf War, the bank was again badly hit. It is estimated that around a third of Rafidain's branches were destroyed during the second Gulf War and that the bank lost around $300m USD through looting. Today, Rafidain Bank has around 45% of banking assets in Iraq.

In 2007, Bayan Jabor, the Iraqi Minister of Finance, signed a contract with British companies B-Plan Information Systems and Misys to rebuild the bank, in a turnkey contract to supply a core banking system, hardware, communications systems, and training to Rafidain Staff, across all branches inside and outside Iraq. The project covered basic retail banking and trade finance. Advanced banking functions such as ATM networks, Card Management and internet banking were considered by the Ministry of Finance in later stages.

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  1. ^ a b The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (November 2011). "USAID-Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program; Investor Guide of Baghdad". USAID-Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program; U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). p. 13. Contract No. 267-C-00-08-00500-00. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)

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