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AML/CFT Webinar 2019 Series – Register!
January 16, 2019

AML/CFT Webinar 2019 Series – Register!

Pune - As part of our Professional Development Program for 2019, ABA is pleased to announce the holding of the AML/CFT Webinar...

“Best Practices in AML / CFT Governance & Operations” Register now
January 14, 2019

“Best Practices in AML / CFT Governance & Operations” Register now

Mumbai – The Asian Bankers Association is pleased to invite bank members to participate in the short-term visiting...

New Year’s Message from the ABA Chairman
December 29, 2018

New Year’s Message from the ABA Chairman

Dear members and friends, I am greatly pleased to convey my sincerest greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all ABA members and friends.

How much do you know about Blockchain?
December 28, 2018

How much do you know about Blockchain?

Singapore - Blockchain is attracting huge amounts of attention, but its implications are often poorly understood. Starting today, BRINK is running a five-part series...

Moving from KYC to KYB: ‘Know Your (Customer’s) Behavior’
December 26, 2018

Moving from KYC to KYB: ‘Know Your (Customer’s) Behavior’

Singapore - Correspondent banking is a lucrative business model—but one that is by its very nature high risk. Compliance...

The battle for E-Wallet Supremacy in Southeast Asia
December 25, 2018

The battle for E-Wallet Supremacy in Southeast Asia

Singapore - Across Southeast Asia, there is a fierce battle raging for e-wallet dominance. E-wallets, digital or mobile...

The 2018 ABA Year in review
December 24, 2018

The 2018 ABA Year in review

Taipei – The Asian Bankers Association is pleased to present you the 2018 ABA Year-End-Review summarizing ABA's activities in 2018. As the current year comes to...

ABA Newsletter’s December issue is ready
December 24, 2018

ABA Newsletter’s December issue is ready

Taipei – The 2018 December issue of the ABA Newsletter is ready. All members are invited to download the issue...

Doing Business 2019: World Bank’s publication
December 22, 2018

Doing Business 2019: World Bank’s publication

Washington D.C. – Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 16th in a series...

Asian banks need to rethink digital banking
December 18, 2018

Asian banks need to rethink digital banking

Singapore - As Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba expands beyond online retail, it is shaking up staid state banks—and drawing regulators' attentions—after...

Survey on Fund Transfer Pricing & Interest Rate Risk in the Banking Book
December 17, 2018

Survey on Fund Transfer Pricing & Interest Rate Risk in the Banking Book

The Asian Bankers Association and Oliver Wyman, an ABA Knowledge Partner, jointly request your participation in a industry survey on the management of FTP...

“Many banking areas are experiencing existential threats” Daniel Wu
December 17, 2018

“Many banking areas are experiencing existential threats” Daniel Wu

Kurumba – “Many areas within banking markets are experiencing some serious existential threats. As the industry is being transformed, there is uncertainty around...

Fintech in ASEAN—Collaboration is key
December 14, 2018

Fintech in ASEAN—Collaboration is key

Singapore – With a population of over 600 million people, the ASEAN region is considered an expansion opportunity for fintech companies, given the large potential customer base that fintechs...

“14 Shades of Risk in Asia Pacific” Report available
December 14, 2018

“14 Shades of Risk in Asia Pacific” Report available

Singapore - ABA is pleased to share with its members the publication of the Asia Pacific Risk Center of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, an ABA Knowledge Partner, entitled...

ASEAN Investment Report 2018 published
December 14, 2018

ASEAN Investment Report 2018 published

Taipei – The ABA is pleased to share with its members a copy of the ASEAN Investment Report 2018, which was launched at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit held in Singapore...

Asia Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) launched
December 13, 2018

Asia Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) launched

Singapore – ABA is pleased to convey to all ABA members the invitation of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore to the Launch of the Asia Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) on...

The meteoric rise of Venture Capital in Asia
December 13, 2018

The meteoric rise of Venture Capital in Asia

Hong Kong - The venture capital market in Asia is breaking all previous records: Unprecedented sums of capital have been raised in the past few years, there is a record...

Pacific Economic Monitor available
December 12, 2018

Pacific Economic Monitor available

Manila - The December 2018 issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor provides an update on developments in 14 Pacific economies and explores topical policy issues in the region.

Sustainable Banking: Implementing CG & ESG to stay competitive
December 11, 2018

Sustainable Banking: Implementing CG & ESG to stay competitive

Kurumba – During the 3rd session “Sustainable Banking” of the 35th ABA General Meeting and Conference held in Maldives on November 16, 2018, two...

“Fintech requires major overhaul of current regulations” Maldives Central Bank Governor Naseer
December 10, 2018

“Fintech requires major overhaul of current regulations” Maldives Central Bank Governor Naseer

Kurumba - The keynote speech of the 35th ABA General Meeting and Conference was delivered by Mr. Ahmed Naseer...

Philippines Central Bank Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier & other experts discuss Risk Management
December 10, 2018

Philippines Central Bank Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier & other experts discuss Risk Management

Kurumba – The second session "Risk Management Imperatives in the New World Order" of the 35th ABA General Meeting and Conference on November...

JCR presents an overview of the Japanese economy and banking industry
December 10, 2018

JCR presents an overview of the Japanese economy and banking industry

Kurumba – Mr. Satoshi Nakagawa, Special Advisor to the President for Global Strategy Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd., and Chairman of the Association of Credit Rating Agencies in Asia captivated the...

New Chairman of the ABA Advisory Council
December 6, 2018

New Chairman of the ABA Advisory Council

Kurumba – The Asian Bankers Association has announced the election of ABA Immediate Past Chairman Mr. Daniel Wu as the new Chairman of the ABA Advisory Council. Mr. Wu was..

How can we evaluate an infrastructure project’s success—or failure?
December 4, 2018

How can we evaluate an infrastructure project’s success—or failure?

London – This piece is part of a weeklong series examining the challenges facing infrastructure around the world. Jon Phillips of the Global Infrastructure...

Avoiding the Middle-Income Trap in Asia: ADB Report available
December 3, 2018

Avoiding the Middle-Income Trap in Asia: ADB Report available

Manila – The Asian Development Bank recently presented a research titled Avoiding the Middle-Income Trap in Asia:The Role of Trade, Manufacturing, and Finance. The publication...

ABA Chairman Jonathan Alles’ message to ABA members
November 30, 2018

ABA Chairman Jonathan Alles’ message to ABA members

Dear ABA members, I wish to convey my sincerest gratitude to you and your Bank for your support of my nomination as...

Global Leading Trends in Retail Banking Innovation
November 30, 2018

Global Leading Trends in Retail Banking Innovation

Kurumba - Michael Lor, Senior Advisor Asia Pacific of EFMA, made a well received presentation about Global Leading...

Global Risk Report
November 30, 2018

Global Risk Report

Kurumba - During the 35th ABA General Meeting and Conference in Maldives, Wolfram Hedrich, Partner at Oliver Wyman and Executive Director at Marsh & McLennan Companies Asia Pacific Risk...

Asia Bond Monitor Report available
November 30, 2018

Asia Bond Monitor Report available

Manila - The Asian Development Bank reviews developments in East Asian local currency bond markets during the third quarter of 2018 and provides outlook, risks, and policy options.

23 New members of the ABA Board of Directors elected
November 23, 2018

23 New members of the ABA Board of Directors elected

Maldives – During the 56th Board of Directors Meeting held on November 16, 2018 at the recently concluded 35th ABA General Meeting and Conference in...

Jonathan Alles of HNB elected new ABA Chairman
November 23, 2018

Jonathan Alles of HNB elected new ABA Chairman

Maldives – The Asian Bankers Association is pleased to announce the election of Mr. Jonathan Alles, Managing Director and...

Singapore’s Asset Management Industry surges
November 23, 2018

Singapore’s Asset Management Industry surges

Singapore - Singapore’s asset management industry witnessed strong growth in 2017, growing 19 percent on a year-on-year basis, according...

Sustaining the rise of P2P lending in Southeast Asia
November 16, 2018

Sustaining the rise of P2P lending in Southeast Asia

Singapore - Peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans have fast risen to complement more traditional financial institutions, helping small and medium enterprises grow. Asia...

Driving growth in Asia’s fintech sector
November 15, 2018

Driving growth in Asia’s fintech sector

Singapore - The emergence of fintech brings to market new solutions to increase efficiency and financial inclusiveness in the areas of payments, lending, broking...

Fintech investment in China surges to record highs
November 14, 2018

Fintech investment in China surges to record highs

China - The fintech sector in China has seen a surge in investments over the past five years, with $18 billion invested in the sector in the first half of 2018 alone...

International Debt Statistics 2019: World Bank’s publication
November 13, 2018

International Debt Statistics 2019: World Bank’s publication

Washington D.C. – The International Debt Statistics 2019 Report, published by World Bank is a database measures stocks and flows of debt borrowed...

From zero to $1 billion: P2P lending in Indonesia
November 13, 2018

From zero to $1 billion: P2P lending in Indonesia

Jakarta - In late 2015, when I first presented my business plan to a group of financial professionals in Indonesia, it was met with strong skepticism...

Corporate Interest Rate and Forex Risk in times of volatility
November 9, 2018

Corporate Interest Rate and Forex Risk in times of volatility

Singapore - Unprecedented market liquidity in the past 10 years has created significant imbalances around the world. The hunt for yield has pushed more and more...

Data is revolutionizing risk finance—Here’s how
November 8, 2018

Data is revolutionizing risk finance—Here’s how

Singapore - New ways of using data are starting to revolutionize risk finance—the heart of the historically slow-to-change insurance industry. Pools of data and...

ABA Newsletter’s November issue is ready
November 8, 2018

ABA Newsletter’s November issue is ready

Taipei – The 2018 November issue of the ABA Newsletter is ready. All members are invited to download the issue...

Digitizing Trade for the future
November 8, 2018

Digitizing Trade for the future

In a world that’s increasingly paperless and borderless, paper documentation in trade seems like a relic of a time long...

Welcome message from Andrew Healy, CEO of Bank of Maldives
November 5, 2018

Welcome message from Andrew Healy, CEO of Bank of Maldives

Kurumba - On November 15 & 16, Bank of Maldives will host the 35th ABA General Meeting and Conference. The theme for...

ABA Newsletter’s October issue is out
October 28, 2018

ABA Newsletter’s October issue is out

Taipei – The October issue of the ABA Newsletter is out. Members are invited to download it.

Successful “2018 ABA Maybank Short Term Visiting Program”
October 27, 2018

Successful “2018 ABA Maybank Short Term Visiting Program”

Kuala Lumpur - Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) successfully conducted the two-day ABA Short Term Visiting Program in its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on October 18-19, 2018. The program, attended by...

Can Infrastructure Keep Pace with Progress in Asia?
October 15, 2018

Can Infrastructure Keep Pace with Progress in Asia?

Singapore - The Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at 5.6 percent for 2018/2019 and continue to be the main driver of global economic growth, according to the International Monetary...

Bank of Bhutan celebrates 50th anniversary
September 26, 2018

Bank of Bhutan celebrates 50th anniversary

Thimphu - Exactly 50 years back on this day, Late His Majesty The Third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck inaugurated the first bank in the country, Bank of Bhutan (BoB).

2018 35th ABA Conference Brochure is ready for download
September 18, 2018

2018 35th ABA Conference Brochure is ready for download

Maldives - The brochure of the 35th ABA General Meeting and Conference which is scheduled to take place on November 15-16, 2018 in Maldives, with The Bank of Maldives as our host, is ready for...

ABA Newsletter’s September issue is out
September 18, 2018

ABA Newsletter’s September issue is out

Taipei - The September issue of the ABA Newsletter is out. Members are invited to download the issue HERE.

Agenda, Syllabus and Speakers for the ABA & Maybank Short-Term Visiting Program on October 18-19
September 7, 2018

Agenda, Syllabus and Speakers for the ABA & Maybank Short-Term Visiting Program on October 18-19

Kuala Lumpur – The agenda for the ABA & Maybank Short-Term Visiting Program that will be held in Kuala Lumpur on October 18-19, 2018...

Advanced Analytics webinar concluded – Presentation file available
August 19, 2018

Advanced Analytics webinar concluded – Presentation file available

Singapore - On August 8, 2018, the ABA and Oliver Wyman presented an international webinar titled “Advanced Analytics in Risk Management” featuring...

ABA invites members to Blockchain Sri Lanka 2018 Forum
August 14, 2018

ABA invites members to Blockchain Sri Lanka 2018 Forum

Colombo - The Asian Bankers Association conveys to all members the invitation from BPOS Global to participate in the Blockchain Sri Lanka 2018 Forum to be held on September 25-26, 2018 in the...

ABA survey on “Workout Guidelines & Model Agreement”
July 27, 2018

ABA survey on “Workout Guidelines & Model Agreement”

Taipei - ABA requests banks' participation in this survey aimed at determining member banks' interest to know more about the documents entitled “ABA Informal Workout Guidelines-Promoting...

Retail Banking Summit in Asia 2018, October 30-31, 2018 – Singapore
July 27, 2018

Retail Banking Summit in Asia 2018, October 30-31, 2018 – Singapore

Singapore – ABA would like to forward an invitation from EFMA, a not-for-profit association for financial marketing, for ABA members to join the “Retail Banking Summit in Asia 2018”...

Maybank’s Short-Term Visiting Program to be held October 18-19, 2018 – Register now!
July 25, 2018

Maybank’s Short-Term Visiting Program to be held October 18-19, 2018 – Register now!

Taipei – The ABA is inviting bank officers to participate in the short-term visiting program that the Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) will host in Kuala Lumpur on...

Infrastructure’s Evaluation & Financing Workshop – Register now!
July 16, 2018

Infrastructure’s Evaluation & Financing Workshop – Register now!

Manila - The Asian Bankers Association invites all ABA bank members to the forthcoming Training Workshop on Infrastructure Projects: Their evaluation...

EFMA invites Taiwanese banks to conference
July 10, 2018

EFMA invites Taiwanese banks to conference

Taipei - The European Financial Management Association (EFMA) is inviting senior-level Taiwanese bank executives to its conference to be held on Tuesday 17th July 2018, from 9:30 am until 13:00 pm, which will be followed by a lunch hosted by Citibank Taiwan at...

The 35th ABA Conference in Kurumba – The Program
July 5, 2018

The 35th ABA Conference in Kurumba – The Program

Kurumba - As in previous year's Conferences, one of the highlights of this year's 35th ABA General Meeting and Conference to be held in November 2018...

Successful Bank Rating and Analysis Workshop held in Taipei
June 28, 2018

Successful Bank Rating and Analysis Workshop held in Taipei

Taipei – Over 50 participants from 8 different Asian countries and 24 different financial institutions participated in the ABA sponsored “Bank Rating & Analysis Workshop”, held...

ABA Advisory Council Member Chatri Sophonpanich passes away
June 28, 2018

ABA Advisory Council Member Chatri Sophonpanich passes away

Bangkok - It is with profound sadness that the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) informs all members, associates and friends of the passing away of...

ABA coordinates activities with ACRAA
May 6, 2018

ABA coordinates activities with ACRAA

Manila - Mr. Amador Honrado, Deputy Secretary of ABA, met with Atty. Santiago Dumlao, Secretary-General of the Association of Credit Rating Agencies in Asia (ACRAA) and his Executive Assistant Ms. Mitz Velayo on May 6, 2018 to...

ABA joins ADB Annual Meeting in Manila
May 3, 2018

ABA joins ADB Annual Meeting in Manila

Manila - Representatives from ABA member banks and the ABA Secretariat joined other delegates who attended the 51st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) held on May 3-6, 2018...

CTBC Bank hosts luncheon for bankers and government officials
May 3, 2018

CTBC Bank hosts luncheon for bankers and government officials

Manila - CTBC Bank's chairman Mr. Chao-Chin Tung hosted a luncheon for some 100 bankers and regulatory authorities attending the ADB Meeting on May 4th 2018. Among the attendees...

“Bank rating & analysis” workshop on June 28-29, 2018 – Register now!
April 17, 2018

“Bank rating & analysis” workshop on June 28-29, 2018 – Register now!

Taipei - The Asian Bankers Association (ABA) is pleased to invite intermediate to senior level executives – in particular, those who have a basic understanding...

ABA Delegation meets with Maldives’ Central Bank Governor & Finance Minister
April 3, 2018

ABA Delegation meets with Maldives’ Central Bank Governor & Finance Minister

Male - Members of the ABA Planning Committee led by ABA Chairman Mr. Daniel Wu were accompanied by Bank of Maldives Managing Director and CEO...

ABA Policy Advocacy Committee approves 2018 Work Program
April 2, 2018

ABA Policy Advocacy Committee approves 2018 Work Program

Kurumba - The year 2018 will be another busy period for members of the ABA Policy Advocacy Committee as it lines up a number of activities included in its 2018 Work Program.

The opportunity for sustainable finance in Emerging Markets
April 1, 2018

The opportunity for sustainable finance in Emerging Markets

As of March 2018, Fiji and Nigeria are the only two emerging markets to have issued sovereign green bonds. They are two of just four countries globally indicating a commitment to...

ABA calls for members’ inputs to the 2018-2020 ABA Work Program
March 31, 2018

ABA calls for members’ inputs to the 2018-2020 ABA Work Program

Kurumba - The Asian Bankers Association (ABA) is requesting members to suggest activities that the Association should undertake in the next two years.

ABA Members visit Bank of Maldives Headquarters
March 30, 2018

ABA Members visit Bank of Maldives Headquarters

Male - Members of the ABA Planning Committee led by ABA Chairman Mr. Daniel Wu visited the headquarters of Bank of Maldives following the Committee's meeting on March 8. The visiting delegation...

35th ABA General Meeting & Conference on November 15-16, Maldives – Tentative program
March 29, 2018

35th ABA General Meeting & Conference on November 15-16, Maldives – Tentative program

Kurumba - The Asian Bankers Association (ABA) has announced that this year's 35th ABA General Meeting and Conference is scheduled to take place on November...

Successful webinar on Advanced Analytics held – Video available
March 20, 2018

Successful webinar on Advanced Analytics held – Video available

Singapore – The Asian Bankers Association (ABA) invited credit analysts and managers to the webinar on “Advanced Analytics in Risk Management: Trends, Enablers and Applications” held in cooperation with Oliver Wyman – on March 20, 2018.

Short-term Visiting Program on Microfinance Appreciation by RCBC, June 4-5 – Register now!
March 13, 2018

Short-term Visiting Program on Microfinance Appreciation by RCBC, June 4-5 – Register now!

Manila – The Microfinance Appreciation Course is being conducted as part of the ABA’s Short-term Visiting Program. The primary aim of the Short-Term Visiting Program is to provide member banks the...

4 ABA Members Win Innovation Awards
March 5, 2018

4 ABA Members Win Innovation Awards

Singapore - Three member banks of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) were among the 16 winners of this year’s annual Financial Insights Innovation Awards presented by the IDC Financial Insights at the Asian Financial Services Congress 2018 held on...

Webinar for Chief Risk Officers launched
February 27, 2018

Webinar for Chief Risk Officers launched

Taipei - The webinar on “Implications for organizations, skills and the role of Chief Risk Officers given technological developments” was held - in cooperation with Oliver Wyman - on February 27, 2018 (4:00pm Singapore time.) Over 66 bank officers from 15 Asian countries joined the webinar.

12,700 Businesses reach for currency forecast crystal ball
February 7, 2018

12,700 Businesses reach for currency forecast crystal ball

Australia - Expert currency forecasters were found wanting again in 2017 as major currency pairs moved stubbornly in the opposite direction to analyst predictions. While at the beginning of the year, markets were bracing for further volatility amid a rise in...

The implications of open banking
February 7, 2018

The implications of open banking

Paris - As part of our open banking series of interviews in partnership with Finastra, we spoke to Sophie Guibaud, vice president at Fidor Bank, to find out how she thinks open banking will affect the financial services community in the months to come.

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