NBC Ltd. was formed on 1st April 2000 when NBC (1997) Ltd. was privatised and sold to ABSA Group Ltd. (now called Barclays Africa Group Limited) of South Africa. NBC (1997) Ltd. was itself born out of the nationalization of banks and financial institutions in Tanzania in 1967.Tanzania later deregulated banking in 1991. In 1997, a decision was taken to split NBC into three entities, namely NBC Holding Corporation, National Micro-finance Bank (NMB) and NBC (1997) Limited. This was the first step towards the privatization of NBC.
NBC Ltd has a partnership with the government, and other organizations, in promoting the socio-economic development and prosperity of Tanzania. The government of the Republic of Tanzania has committed itself to transforming the economy of the country from being public-sector driven to being private-sector driven. To this end, privatisation has been chosen as one of the key routes by government. Privatisation entails that government is moving out of business - as in the management of companies - and promoting an enabling environment for economic growth and development as supported by the private sector.
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