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The Policy Advocacy Committee, composed of banking and finance experts, identifies critical issues for discussion, formulates policy positions and disseminates its results to national and international governments and organizations to contribute to policy making and regulatory implementation.

The Committee has done considerable work in several areas such as

  • Local currency bond market development;
  • The development of domestic credit rating agencies;
  • The Basel II and Basel III Framework;
  • Promoting regional convergence toward IFRS;
  • Insolvency law and informal workouts;
  • Corporate governance;
  • Credit reporting systems; and
  • Disaster preparedness.
ABA Position Paper on Activities to Meet Challenges in Implementing Regulatory Framework to Achieve Sustainability Goals

ABA Position Paper on Activities to Meet Challenges in Implementing Regulatory Framework to Achieve Sustainability Goals

The Philippine banking system is governed and regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the Philippine Central Bank or BSP). In April 2020, the BSP issued Circular...

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ABA Position Paper on Specific AML/CFL-Related Priorities for Banks Due to the Pandemic

ABA Position Paper on Specific AML/CFL-Related Priorities for Banks Due to the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated financial crime and led to heightened money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF) risks for financial institutions across the globe.

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ABA Position Paper on Practical Implementation of Cyber Security

ABA Position Paper on Practical Implementation of Cyber Security

Despite many frameworks and standards exist globally, practical implementation of Cyber and Information security is always a major challenge. There are different levels...

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ABA Position Paper on Distribution: challenges and opportunities associated with branches in today’s banking environment

ABA Position Paper on Distribution: challenges and opportunities associated with branches in today’s banking environment

Banks are closing their branches and shifting resources to digital. That is the prevailing narrative in the financial services industry. Given cost pressures, the Covid-19 pandemic...

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ABA Position Paper on From Interbank Offered Rates to Alternative Reference Rates – Update

ABA Position Paper on From Interbank Offered Rates to Alternative Reference Rates – Update

This presentation is an update to a previous ABA Policy Advocacy Committee Position Paper presented on March 28, 2021 by Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director, Head of...

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ABA Policy Paper on Role of Banks in Business Survival after COVID-19 Pandemic

ABA Policy Paper on Role of Banks in Business Survival after COVID-19 Pandemic

Starting from late 2019, the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world as a devastating global public-health tragedy and economic crisis.

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ABA Position Paper on  Maintaining the Spotlight on AML/CFT in the Post-Covid19 World

ABA Position Paper on  Maintaining the Spotlight on AML/CFT in the Post-Covid19 World

Over the last two years, through its position papers, Fintelekt has highlighted the key elements of an effective AML/CFT framework with a focus on improvement areas...

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ABA Position Paper on Long-Term Decarbonisation Planning for Banks

ABA Position Paper on Long-Term Decarbonisation Planning for Banks

Climate change is used here in reference to the change in global atmospheric conditions and climate attributable to human activity. The overwhelming consensus is that...

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ABA Position Paper on From Interbank Offered Rates to Risk-Free Rates – Update

ABA Position Paper on From Interbank Offered Rates to Risk-Free Rates – Update

This presentation is an update to a previous ABA Policy Advocacy Committee Position Paper presented by Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director, Head of Asia, Erste...

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ABA Position Paper on  HNB’s Experience Driving Business Revival Post-Covid in MSME Sector

ABA Position Paper on  HNB’s Experience Driving Business Revival Post-Covid in MSME Sector

Two cataclysmic events – 21st April 2019 Easter Sunday Bombings and Covid19 Impacts in early part of 2020, made significant impacts to business in general and in particular...

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ABA Position Paper on Opportunities and challenges of digital transformation

ABA Position Paper on Opportunities and challenges of digital transformation

According to the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index (DT Index) survey, due to COVID-19, all industries in the world turn proactive in digital transformation, and up...

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ABA Position Paper on Promoting Cooperation In Crisis and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

ABA Position Paper on Promoting Cooperation In Crisis and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Nobody anticipated a global pandemic causing a...

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ABA Position Paper on From Interbank Offered Rates to Alternative Reference Rates – Update

ABA Position Paper on From Interbank Offered Rates to Alternative Reference Rates – Update

This presentation is an update to a previous ABA Policy Advocacy Committee Position Paper presented by Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director, Head of Asia, Erste...

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ABA Position Paper on Promoting Cooperation in Collaborating with Fintech Companies

ABA Position Paper on Promoting Cooperation in Collaborating with Fintech Companies

The business landscape is rapidly embracing digitisation and consumers expect better service and value at their convenience. The shift to Digital has also accelerated...

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ABA Position Paper on From Risk to Resilience: The Need for Asian Banks to Comprehensively Address Physical Climate Risks

ABA Position Paper on From Risk to Resilience: The Need for Asian Banks to Comprehensively Address Physical Climate Risks

To date most attention given to the nexus between climate change and private finance has focused on economic decarbonisation. For instance, climate change mitigation...

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ABA Position Paper on Cybersecurity Preparedness for Banks

ABA Position Paper on Cybersecurity Preparedness for Banks

Cyber Security preparedness for a Bank would always be a challenging journey. Managing risks of People, Process and Technology becoming more thought-provoking with...

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ABA Position Paper on Promoting Cooperation in Cyber Security Management

ABA Position Paper on Promoting Cooperation in Cyber Security Management

(1) Cyber threats have become ubiquitous and unseen. They can come from various actors including criminals, hacktivists, competitors, or disgruntled employees and...

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ABA Position Paper on Furthering the Imperatives to Strengthen AML/CFT in Asia

ABA Position Paper on Furthering the Imperatives to Strengthen AML/CFT in Asia

(1) ABA’s position paper issued during the 35th ABA General Meeting and Conference held in November 2018 in Maldives highlighted the key elements of an effective...

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ABA Position Paper on Promoting and Actualizing Blended Finance in Asia and the Pacific

ABA Position Paper on Promoting and Actualizing Blended Finance in Asia and the Pacific

(1) Blended finance is emerging as a critical tool in financing initiatives and activities that contribute to the delivery of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), particularly...

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ABA Position Presentation on LIBOR Transition to Alternative Reference Rates

ABA Position Presentation on LIBOR Transition to Alternative Reference Rates

Manila – The Policy Advocacy Committee met at the Manila A room of the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on November 14, 2019 to discuss the position paper...

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ABA Position Presentation on JBA’s Initiatives for Sophistication of Payment System

ABA Position Presentation on JBA’s Initiatives for Sophistication of Payment System

Manila – The Policy Advocacy Committee met at the Manila A room of the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on November 14, 2019 to discuss the position paper on Japan Bankers...

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ABA Position Papers on Experience of Iran in Islamic Banking

ABA Position Papers on Experience of Iran in Islamic Banking

During the past few decades Islamic banking has grown dramatically in the world and many non-Islamic countries have welcomed it as an alternative banking system working...

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ABA Position Presentation on Preventing Data Compromise

ABA Position Presentation on Preventing Data Compromise

Maldives – The Policy Advocacy Committee met at the VIP Lounge of the Kurumba Resorts, Maldives on November 15, 2018 to discuss the position...

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ABA Position Paper on Imperatives to Strengthening AML/CFT in Asia

ABA Position Paper on Imperatives to Strengthening AML/CFT in Asia

The presentation on ‘Imperatives to Strengthening AML/CFT in Asia’ by Fintelekt will include a summary of specific AML/CFT risks and vulnerabilities...

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ABA Position Paper on Maybank’s experience in Islamic Banking

ABA Position Paper on Maybank’s experience in Islamic Banking

To share the experience of Maybank Islamic in promoting cooperation among relevant regulatory authorities and among banking units within both conventional and...

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ABA Position Paper on South/Southeast Asian ‘Business Society Models’

ABA Position Paper on South/Southeast Asian ‘Business Society Models’

(1) Business is a social phenomenon. Therefore, businesses are connected to society and, as many researchers have found, there exist business-society models...

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ABA Position Presentations on Financial Inclusion and MSME Growth

ABA Position Presentations on Financial Inclusion and MSME Growth

Mumbai – The Policy Advocacy Committee met at the Gulmohar Room, Lower Lobby of the Trident Hotel on November 16th 2017 to discuss two position papers.

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ABA Position Paper on Microfinance

ABA Position Paper on Microfinance

More Inclusive Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Financing for Banking Growth and Business Sustainability...

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ABA Position Paper on the Transformational Change

ABA Position Paper on the Transformational Change

Current practices of hatton national bank in achieving transformational change through business process re-engineering initiatives...

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ABA Position Paper on FATCA Compliance

ABA Position Paper on FATCA Compliance

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted by the US in March 2010 with a view to assisting the effort to improve US tax compliance.

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ABA Position Paper on Financial Inclusion through Remittances

ABA Position Paper on Financial Inclusion through Remittances

Empowering Migrant Workers and Greater Financial Inclusion through Remittances.

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ABA Position Paper on Improving Affordability for Inclusion

ABA Position Paper on Improving Affordability for Inclusion

The financial services landscape is rapidly changing globally in the light of major economic, social, technological development.

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ABA Position Paper on Asian Funds Passport Scheme

ABA Position Paper on Asian Funds Passport Scheme

The track record of the European cross-border fund product UCITS is impressive. Established over two decades ago and with over 5000 funds available for distribution in Asia...

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ABA Position Paper on Adherence to Basel II & Readiness for Basel III

ABA Position Paper on Adherence to Basel II & Readiness for Basel III

The sub-prime crisis sparked off in 2007 by the US investment bank Lehman Brothers and leading to the near collapse of many great nations’ financial systems...

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ABA Position Paper on Preparedness for Operational / Severe Event Risk

ABA Position Paper on Preparedness for Operational / Severe Event Risk

The Asian Bankers Association (ABA) is keenly aware of severe event risk and its possible major consequences on the operations and reputation of banks.

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ABA Position Paper on Quality of Microfinance Products and Services

ABA Position Paper on Quality of Microfinance Products and Services

In the last decade, the microfinance industry globally has surpassed significant milestones, increasing access to financial services for the people at the bottom of the...

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ABA Position Paper on Basel III and Its Implications for Asian Banks

ABA Position Paper on Basel III and Its Implications for Asian Banks

The governing body of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) made its announcement on the Basel III framework proposal on September 12, 2010.

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ABA Position Paper on Sovereign Debt Issues in Greece

ABA Position Paper on Sovereign Debt Issues in Greece

In July 1997, Thailand plunged into crisis when the country’s central bank could no longer support the local currency, given mounting worries about slow growth...

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ABA Position Paper on Emerging Opportunities in Microfinance

ABA Position Paper on Emerging Opportunities in Microfinance

In its position paper entitled “Promoting Innovative Policies to Encourage Expanded Microfinance Operations of Commercial Banks in the Asia-Pacific Region...”

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ABA Position Paper on Lessons of the Global Financial Crisis

ABA Position Paper on Lessons of the Global Financial Crisis

The U.S. sub-prime mortgage crisis in July 2007 has developed into a full-blown global financial crisis. The true depth and breadth of the crisis was realized in...

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ABA Position Paper on Innovative Microfinance Operations

ABA Position Paper on Innovative Microfinance Operations

Recognizing the growing importance of financial inclusion given the current economic environment and its impact on developing economies, the Asian Bankers’ ...

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ABA Position Paper on Development of Credit Reporting Systems

ABA Position Paper on Development of Credit Reporting Systems

The Asian Bankers’ Association recognizes the important role played by credit bureaus in the financial system. Lenders use credit bureau information to help...

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ABA Position Paper on Implementation of Basel II & Pillar 3

ABA Position Paper on Implementation of Basel II & Pillar 3

The Asian Bankers’ Association believes that the implementation of Basel II presents an opportunity for banks to enhance their strengths and competitiveness...

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ABA Position Paper on Capacity to Implement Basel II

ABA Position Paper on Capacity to Implement Basel II

The Asian Bankers’ Association notes the increasing importance of enhancing credit and operational risk management in the region...

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ABA Position Paper on Effective Implementation of the Basel II

ABA Position Paper on Effective Implementation of the Basel II

The Asian Bankers’ Association notes the imminent implementation of the Basel II Framework in a number of jurisdictions, and expresses its appreciation to...

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ABA Position Paper on Supervising the New Basel Accord

ABA Position Paper on Supervising the New Basel Accord

The Asian Bankers Association (ABA) reiterates its support for the Basel Committee’s efforts to strengthen banking systems through promotion of...

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ABA Position Paper on Building Capacity for the New Basel Accord

ABA Position Paper on Building Capacity for the New Basel Accord

The Asian Bankers’ Association (ABA) has underscored in previous position papers1 the importance of proper and effective implementation of the New Basel Accord...

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ABA Position Paper on Comments on the New Basel Capital Accord

ABA Position Paper on Comments on the New Basel Capital Accord

The Asian Bankers’ Association (ABA) supports the Basel Committee’s efforts in formulating a new capital accord that improves on various aspects of the 1988 accord...

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ABA Position Paper on Helping Authorities Implement Basel Accord

ABA Position Paper on Helping Authorities Implement Basel Accord

The Asian Bankers’ Association (ABA) wishes to express its concern regarding the urgent need to undertake necessary steps in preparing the region’s economies...

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ABA Position Paper on “A New Capital Adequacy Framework”

ABA Position Paper on “A New Capital Adequacy Framework”

The Asian Bankers’ Association (ABA) recognizes the need for a new capital adequacy framework to replace the 1988 Accord. Wide-ranging innovations in finance over...

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