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33rd ABA General Meeting and Conference set on November 10-11 in Ha Long Bay

The 33rd ABA General Meeting and Conference is set to take place onNovember 10-11, 2016at Vinpearl Ha Long Bay Resort in Ha Long City, Vietnam. The dates and venue were confirmed by the ABA Planning Committee during its recent meeting held on April 8 in Hanoi.

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ABA takes part in 49th ADB Annual Meeting

Representatives from ABA member banks and the ABA Secretariat joined some 3,000 other delegates who attended the 49th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) held on May 2-5, 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. Participants came from ADB’s 67 member countries - government officials, business leaders, academics, journalists, and representatives from civil society and development organizations - gathered at the Messe Frankfurt for the 2016 gathering of the ADB, which also marks its 50th Anniversary this year. The ABA Secretariat was represented by Secretary-Treasurer Amb. Victor C. Y. Tseng and Deputy Secretary Mr. Amador R. Honrado Jr.

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Asia: Growth remains strong, expected to ease only modestly

An IMF Survey
- Regional economy to expand by 5.3 percent in 2016 despite softening
- China slowdown, risks dominate outlook
- Policies and reforms needed to boost resilience

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Asian central banks tinker with policy transmission to rev up growth (By Karen Lema and Gayatri Suroyo, Reuters)

- Asian cenbanks take steps to make their monetary easings count
- India, Indonesia, Philippines lead efforts to jump-start credit
- Analysts say jury still out on whether measures will work

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ABA holds Planning Committee Meeting in Vietnam

The 2016 ABA Planning Committee Meeting was held onApril 8, 2016at The Melia Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. Presided by ABA Chairman Mr. Daniel Wu, President and CEO of CTBC Financial Holding Ltd., the meeting was attended by 30 representatives of 14 banks from 6 countries, including Iran, Japan, India, Republic of China (Taiwan), Thailand, and Vietnam.

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ABA pays courtesy call to the Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam

After the Planning Committee Meeting, members of the ABA delegation led by ABA Chairman Mr. Daniel Wu and ABA Vice Chairman Mr. Nghiem Xuan Thanh paid a courtesy call on Deputy Governor Nguyen Thi Hong of State Bank of Vietnam, the country’s central bank.

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ABA Policy Advocacy Committee reports on 2016 Work Program

Ms. Prudence Lin, Chairman of the Policy Advocacy Committee led the discussions on 2016 Work Program during the Planning Committee Meeting held in Hanoi on April 8, 2016.

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ABA sends delegation to the Basel Committee Roundtable on Standardized Approach for Credit Risk

The Asian Bankers Association was once again invited by the Basel Committee’s Task Force on Standardized Approaches (TFSA) to participate in the TFSA Roundtable which was held this time in Basel, Switzerland on February 17, 2016. The aim of the Roundtable was to provide an opportunity for market participants to elaborate and highlight key aspects of their comments on the second consultative document on “Revisions to the Standardized Approach for Credit Risk”.

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Asian, Japanese Bankers Associations ink memorandum of understanding

The Asian Bankers Association (ABA) and the Japanese Bankers Association (JBA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on March 22, 2016 aimed at taking more concrete steps toward cooperation in the future, creating a platform for exchange and boosting the economic development of the Asia-Pacific region.

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IMF cuts global growth outlook again, warns of political risks - by David Lawder, Reuters, Reuters

The International Monetary Fund warned on April 12 of the risk of political isolationism, notably Britain’s possible exit from the European Union, and the risk of growing economic inequality as it cut its global economic growth forecast for the fourth time in a year.

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World Bank sees solid East Asia growth despite global rout - by David Roman, Bloomberg

Growth in developing economies in East Asia is holding up despite tough global conditions and a slowdown in China, according to the World Bank.

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Dr. Takagi to speak on ABA Informal Workout Guidelines at Tokyo forum

Dr. Shinjiro Takagi, ABA Adviser on the Promotion of the ABA Informal Workout Guidelines and Model Agreement, has been invited to be a Speaker in the upcoming 2016 Asia-Pacific Forum on Financial Inclusion scheduled to take place on 7-8 April 2016 in Tokyo.

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BRICS launch new infrastructure bank

Reports have emerged that a new US$100 billion (A$140 billion) bank for major emerging nations will sign agreements to establish its headquarters in China.

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ASEAN+3 sets up financial surveillance system

The ASEAN+3 has officially put in place a surveillance system in support of the region’s $240-billion liquidity facility which serves as buffer against all threats to Asia’s financial stability.

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ABA issues position paper on "More Inclusive Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Financing for Banking Growth and Business Sustainability"

The following is the full text of the position paper issued by the Asian Bankers Association at the end of the 32nd ABA General Meeting and Conference held on November 12-13, 2015 in Taipei.

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FinanceAsia releases rankings of Asia s Best Finance Ministers 2016

For the second year running, FinanceAsia has ranked the finance ministers of the Asia-Pacific region’s 12 largest economies.

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Announcements

ABA members are invited to attend the Global SME Finance Forum 2016 to be organized on 19-21 September in Beijing, China.

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The 33rd ABA General Meeting and Conference is set to take place on November 10-11, 2016 at Vinpearl Ha Long Bay Resort in Ha Long City, Vietnam. The dates and venue were confirmed by the ABA Planning Committee during its recent meeting held on April 8 in Hanoi.

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The ABA has been invited by IQPC, a provider of conferences and training programs, to be Official Supporting Association of the 2nd Annual Digital Disruption Asia Summit 2016 to be held on June 21-22, 2016 in Singapore

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ABA is pleased to announce that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has once again accredited the ABA as Guest Association in the 49th Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Directors to be held on May 2-5, 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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ABA members are invited to join the Private Banking Asia 2016 to be held on March 2-3, 2016 in Singapore.

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ABA has issued a Summary Report (Year in Review) on ABA s activities in 2015.

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ABA is pleased to announce that one of the highlights of this year s 32nd ABA General Meeting and Conference on November 12-13, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan is a presentation of the ABA Lifetime Achievement Award to four ABA members who have served as strong pillars of the Association over the past years.

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