Data issued by the Central Bank revealed yesterday that the value of checks that were traded and dealt with in the market, and passed through the check clearing system of the «Central» during the first quarter of this year, amounted to 301 billion dirhams for a number of 6.3 million checks, a slight decline from the period The same from last year, which recorded checks worth 307 billion dirhams for 6.6 million checks.

The Central added that the number of checks collected daily through the check clearing system using its images amounted to about 97 thousand checks, at a value of approximately 3.8 billion dirhams, pointing out that the clearing system started in operation since July of 2008 and currently provides the possibility of collecting the checks on the same day.

To that, the data showed that the value of inter-bank money transfers made through the central bank system amounted to 1.86 trillion dirhams during the first three months of this year, while cash deposits with the “central” during the first quarter amounted to 57.2 billion dirhams, while withdrawals during the same period 68.7 billion dirhams.

On the other hand, a number of banks sent emails to customers to inform them about the new dates of customer service centers, and urged them to use electronic banking services provided that their information is kept confidential.