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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 dinner for bankers and government officials
May 3, 2018

CTBC Bank hosts dinner 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.

You’ve Just suffered a cyber Incident – What are the legal risks?
February 5, 2018

You’ve Just suffered a cyber Incident – What are the legal risks?

Australia - On 22 February 2018, a mandatory reporting regime will commence in Australia. Under the new regime, if an entity has reason to suspect that personal information may have been accessed or disclosed without...

State-owned enterprises leverage: The case of the People’s Republic of China
February 5, 2018

State-owned enterprises leverage: The case of the People’s Republic of China

Manila - The size of the state-owned enterprise contingent liability in relation to the People’s Republic of China’s gross domestic product appears to be...

How to revolutionize a banking system
February 5, 2018

How to revolutionize a banking system

Sydney - Sydney's central business district behind the iconic Opera House. Australian banks will shortly launch a revolutionary new payment method called New Payments Platform. In the next few weeks, Australian banking will launch a revolutionary new payment...

ADB publishes Bond Market Guides
February 4, 2018

ADB publishes Bond Market Guides

Manila -The ASEAN+3 Bond Market Forum in collaboration with the ADB and its Secretariat recently published its latest Bond Market Guide focused on the Myanmar economy. This latest publication is the latest on the country-specific series of bond...

How the Great Recession changed banking
February 3, 2018

How the Great Recession changed banking

Singapore - Just over 10 years ago, French bank BNP Paribas froze U.S. mortgage-related funds. Defaults on subprime mortgage loans mounted. The market panicked. There was a run on British bank Northern Rock. Over the next year, many...

Online registration opens for ADB’s 51st Annual Meeting in Manila
February 3, 2018

Online registration opens for ADB’s 51st Annual Meeting in Manila

Manila - Online registration is now open for the 51st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to be held on 3-6 May 2018 at ADB headquarters in Manila, the Philippines.

REPORT: 2018 AFP Risk Survey
February 2, 2018

REPORT: 2018 AFP Risk Survey

Singapore - Finance and treasury professionals are looking to adopt technologies such as AI, blockchain and robotic process automation, but few are prepared for the new business risks that may be associated...

REPORT: Global Risks
February 2, 2018

REPORT: Global Risks

Singapore - The 13th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, prepared in partnership with Marsh & McLennan Companies, highlights the extraordinary pace and variety...

Taiwan to promote deputy governor to lead central bank
February 1, 2018

Taiwan to promote deputy governor to lead central bank

Taiwan - Taiwan’s central bank deputy governor, Yang Chin-long, is to succeed the bank’s 79-year-old governor Perng Fai-nan this month, signalling continuity in monetary policy. Yang, 64, would replace Perng, cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung told a briefing in Taipei.

The rise of robo advisers in wealth management
February 1, 2018

The rise of robo advisers in wealth management

Singapore - An online platform provides financial recommendations to an elderly investor in Shanghai. Asia is moving towards new data-driven investment approaches over the next decade. Asia is on the verge of a significant disruption in financial management. Rising..

REPORT: The state of the financial services industry 2018
January 31, 2018

REPORT: The state of the financial services industry 2018

Singapore - Who will close the customer value gap in Financial Services and reap the rewards? Traditional financial services firms will need to accelerate customer value creation or risk conceding an increasing share of customer...

The peer-to-peer lending opportunity in Southeast Asia
January 26, 2018

The peer-to-peer lending opportunity in Southeast Asia

Singapore - The current peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and fintech phenomenon can be traced back to its modest beginnings in the UK and the U.S. At the turn of the century, they served as a form of arbitrage service to help credit card debtors reduce their interest...

Short-Term Visiting Program hosted by Hatton National Bank, May 17-18 in Colombo – Register now!
January 25, 2018

Short-Term Visiting Program hosted by Hatton National Bank, May 17-18 in Colombo – Register now!

Colombo – The Asian Bankers Association invites all its members to participate in the Short-Term Visiting Program Hosted by Hatton National Bank on May 17-18...

What’s the future of Blockchain in China?
January 24, 2018

What’s the future of Blockchain in China?

Shanghai - Much as the 800-year-old Magna Carta provided the framework for modern-day governance through the rule of law, the nine-year-old bitcoin white paper has proven to be the framework for digital governance through codified law. Through bitcoin...

ACRAA & ABA to hold Asian Bond Markets Conference on April 23 in Manama – Register now!
January 22, 2018

ACRAA & ABA to hold Asian Bond Markets Conference on April 23 in Manama – Register now!

Manama – The Asian Bankers Association invites all its members to participate in the “Showcasing Asian Bond Markets: The opportunities and risks” conference organized by the Association of Credit...

Japanese Bankers Association Officers Visit ABA Secretariat in Taipei
January 22, 2018

Japanese Bankers Association Officers Visit ABA Secretariat in Taipei

Taipei – Japanese Bankers Association Officers Visit ABA Secretariat in Taipei our officers of the Japanese Bankers Association (JBA) led by Mr. Katsunori Yokomaku, head of...

Risks to Asia’s sweet spot of solid growth
January 12, 2018

Risks to Asia’s sweet spot of solid growth

Singapore - Several high rise buildings under construction on the Jakarta skyline. The next decade in Asia may be led by the region’s tiger cubs of India, Indonesia and the Philippines. As we noted in a recently published

Asia’s Sweet Spot of Solid Growth To Stretch Into 2018
January 5, 2018

Asia’s Sweet Spot of Solid Growth To Stretch Into 2018

Singapore - High-rise buildings stand under construction in Beijing's central business district in 2017. For Asia, the year was a sweet spot of solid growth. A year ago, Nomura’s Asia 2017 Outlook report was titled “Sailing Into the Storm.”

Belleview Research
January 1, 2018

Belleview Research

Singapore - Belleview Research (BVR) is an independent investment research firm specializing in top-down, macro and thematic investment ideas. The BVR business philosophy is that clients should be constantly stimulated by the "best-in-breed"...

REPORT: The public-sector banking crisis In India – The government needs a clear vision for the future of India’s banking sector
January 1, 2018

REPORT: The public-sector banking crisis In India – The government needs a clear vision for the future of India’s banking sector

Singapore - The Chinese and Indian economies have grown rapidly over the past decade. In China, this growth has been fueled by a dramatic expansion of credit, up from 140 percent of GDP in 2008 to 260 percent today.

Shaping Asia’s Fintech future
December 19, 2017

Shaping Asia’s Fintech future

Singapore - The central business district in Beijing. Six of the seven largest fintech companies are from Asia, where the most prominent hubs—Singapore, India, and China—are becoming centers of global fintech innovation and adoption. The financial technology market in...

ABA Planning Committee and Advocacy Meetings in Kurumba, Maldives – Register Now!
December 19, 2017

ABA Planning Committee and Advocacy Meetings in Kurumba, Maldives – Register Now!

Kurumba - The ABA is pleased to invite all its members across Asia Pacific and beyond to attend the ABA Planning Committee Meeting scheduled on March 8, 2018 in Maldives.

How Blockchain can shake up Asia’s remittances market
December 18, 2017

How Blockchain can shake up Asia’s remittances market

Singapore - Office employees walk past a logo of remittance bank Western Union at the financial district of Manila. Remittances are pivotal in Asia's economies. Globalization is now. International commerce has never been more...

FRB – Capital flows, Bond markets and financial stability in Asia
December 13, 2017

FRB – Capital flows, Bond markets and financial stability in Asia

Taipei – ABA is pleased to forward herewith the message from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco sharing its Special Focus Report on “Capital Flows, Bond Markets and Financial Stability in Asia.”

2017 ABA Year End Report available now
December 13, 2017

2017 ABA Year End Report available now

Taipei – ABA is pleased to present here the 2017 ABA Year-In-Review summarizing ABA's activities in 2017. As the current year comes to a close and the incoming 2018 about to begin, it is an opportune time for us to take stock of our accomplishments

ABA and ADFIAP organize Study Tour on MSME Development Programs and Policies of Taiwan
November 15, 2017

ABA and ADFIAP organize Study Tour on MSME Development Programs and Policies of Taiwan

Taiwan – The ABA jointly organized with the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) the “International Study Tour on MSME...

How increased competition Is shaping Asian private equity
November 14, 2017

How increased competition Is shaping Asian private equity

Hong Kong - The private equity industry in Asia has seen huge expansion in recent years—assets under management in the region grew more than sixfold between 2006 and 2016...

Cleaning up money laundering
October 24, 2017

Cleaning up money laundering

Singapore - Money laundering is one of the greatest growth industries of our time. Last year, financial institutions in the United States filed almost 5 million “suspicious activity” reports identifying...

ABA survey on professional development subjects
October 20, 2017

ABA survey on professional development subjects

Taipei - ABA is now working out the schedule of the ABA Professional Development Program for the next two years. For this purpose, we are...

ACRAA held workshop on Indicators for Effective Macroeconomic Risk Analysis
October 19, 2017

ACRAA held workshop on Indicators for Effective Macroeconomic Risk Analysis

Kuala Lumpur – The Association of Credit Rating Agencies in Asia (ACRAA) successfully conducted a training...

Regulatory ‘Sandboxes’ in Asia Can Foster Fintech Innovation
October 17, 2017

Regulatory ‘Sandboxes’ in Asia Can Foster Fintech Innovation

Singapore - The concept of a “sandbox” is widely used in the technology world. A software program goes through multiple iterations, sometimes in the same month...

ABA and ADFIAP launch MSME Development Program – Register now!
October 2, 2017

ABA and ADFIAP launch MSME Development Program – Register now!

Kaoshiung – From a market that was considered too difficult to serve, micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) banking has now become a strategic...

Asia’s ‘demographic dividend’ is becoming a tax
September 29, 2017

Asia’s ‘demographic dividend’ is becoming a tax

Singapore - Economic growth in Asia and the Pacific has benefited in recent decades from a demographic dividend triggered by declining fertility rates in countries with...

Rising demands from a new generation of HNWIs
September 15, 2017

Rising demands from a new generation of HNWIs

Sydney - Global wealth redistribution and intergenerational shifts continue to reshape high net worth investor (HNWI) requirements and preferred asset allocations. Whereas the core...

ADB – Asia Bond Monitor Series
September 15, 2017

ADB – Asia Bond Monitor Series

Manila – On the back of a brightening global outlook, government bond yields in major advanced economies rose between 1 June and 15 August, with the increase extending to emerging East Asia.

Four countries’ economic conditions to be presented in Mumbai
September 11, 2017

Four countries’ economic conditions to be presented in Mumbai

Taipei - The 34th ABA General Meeting and Conference to be held on November 16-17, 2017 in Mumbai, India, we will once again feature “Discover ABA” section...

ABA partners with Brink Asia & McLennan Companies
September 11, 2017

ABA partners with Brink Asia & McLennan Companies

Taipei – Given the diversity in business practices, customs and cultures among countries in the region, the ABA recognizes the need to develop and implement an...

How to reduce cost of compliance for financial services institutions
September 5, 2017

How to reduce cost of compliance for financial services institutions

Singapore - Asian financial institutions’ compliance costs have increased significantly over the past decade, owing to an environment of growing internal and external...

ABA has a new logo
September 5, 2017

ABA has a new logo

Taipei – The Asian Bankers Association wishes to announce the launching of the new ABA logo as shown above. The new design was the choice of the majority of...

Evolving risk concerns in Asia Pacific 2017
September 5, 2017

Evolving risk concerns in Asia Pacific 2017

Singapore – We are pleased to share with you the new report on Evolving Risk Concerns in Asia Pacific 2017 launched by the Asia Pacific Risk Center (APRC). This report...

A year has passed since the UK voted to leave the European Union
September 5, 2017

A year has passed since the UK voted to leave the European Union

London - With the political situation in flux, we still know relatively little about the likely future arrangements between the EU and the UK. However, we have learned...

Online registration for the 34th ABA Conference in Mumbai started
September 4, 2017

Online registration for the 34th ABA Conference in Mumbai started

Mumbai – The Asian Bankers Association is pleased to inform all its members that on-line registration is now open for the 34th ABA General Meeting and...

What are the Implications of the rapid frowth of Fintech in China
August 31, 2017

What are the Implications of the rapid frowth of Fintech in China

Beijing - China’s fintech market has grown rapidly in recent times, but the potential for the sector’s growth in China remains...

ACRAA Workshop on rating “Infrastructure Projects” to be held September 28-29, 2017 in Bangkok
August 20, 2017

ACRAA Workshop on rating “Infrastructure Projects” to be held September 28-29, 2017 in Bangkok

Bangkok - ABA members are invited to participate in the upcoming ACRAA workshop titled “Opportunities in Infrastructure Projects. A Knowledge...

2018 ABA Conference to be held in Maldives
August 15, 2017

2018 ABA Conference to be held in Maldives

Malé - The Asian Bankers Association wish to inform all ABA members that 2018 35th ABA General Meeting and Conference will be hosted by the Bank of Maldives...

MSME Study Tour of Taiwan to be held Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017
August 10, 2017

MSME Study Tour of Taiwan to be held Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2017

Taipei - ABA invites bank members to participate in the “International Study Tour on MSME Development Programs and Policies of Taiwan” scheduled to take...

RCBC offers “Microfinance” workshop on October 6-8, 2017
August 5, 2017

RCBC offers “Microfinance” workshop on October 6-8, 2017

Manila - ABA member banks are invited to participate in the Microfinance Appreciation Course that the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) is hosting in Manila...

Former ABA Chairman Rajendra Theagarajah appointed as Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chairman
August 1, 2017

Former ABA Chairman Rajendra Theagarajah appointed as Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chairman

Colombo - The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce appointed former ABA Chairman Mr. Rajendra Theagarajah as its new leader during its 178th AGM held at the Cinnamon Grand...

ABA forms discussion group on business process Re-engineering
July 1, 2017

ABA forms discussion group on business process Re-engineering

Colombo - The ABA Policy Advocacy Committee recently formed a discussion group to promote cooperation among member banks in understanding business process ...

ABA to Jointly conduct with SBI a Short-Term Visiting Program
June 11, 2017

ABA to Jointly conduct with SBI a Short-Term Visiting Program

Mumbai - The ABA is inviting member banks to participate in the short-term visiting program that the State Bank of India is hosting – for the first time – at the State Bank ...

ABA attends symposium on Risk & Resilience in global finance
May 29, 2017

ABA attends symposium on Risk & Resilience in global finance

Singapore - ABA Deputy Secretary Mr. Amador Honrado Jr. represented the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) at the “Asia Symposium: Risk and Resilience...

Espenilla named Governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines
May 8, 2017

Espenilla named Governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has tapped Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla to head the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)...

SBI Chairperson hosts dinner reception for CTBC officers
May 5, 2017

SBI Chairperson hosts dinner reception for CTBC officers

Yokohama - Representatives from ABA member banks joined other guests in the dinner reception hosted by the Chairperson of the State Bank of India...

ABA member banks join ADB 50th annual meeting
May 5, 2017

ABA member banks join ADB 50th annual meeting

Yokohama - Representatives from ABA member banks and the ABA Secretariat joined other delegates who attended the 50th Annual Meeting of the Board...

Pacific growth to pick up in 2017, ADB Report says
April 6, 2017

Pacific growth to pick up in 2017, ADB Report says

Manila - Pacific economies face gradually improving growth prospects in the next 12 months on the back of stronger economic fundamentals, says a new Asian...

The Asian Banker names HNB as Best Retail Bank and Best Microfinance Product of the Year in Asia Pacific Awards in Sri Lanka for 2017
March 17, 2017

The Asian Banker names HNB as Best Retail Bank and Best Microfinance Product of the Year in Asia Pacific Awards in Sri Lanka for 2017

Tokyo - Hatton National Bank (HNB) received the Best Retail Bank and Micro Finance Product of the Year in Asia Pacific Awards in Sri Lanka for 2017 at The Asian Banker’s ...

ABA Planning Committee meets in Mumbai
March 10, 2017

ABA Planning Committee meets in Mumbai

Mumbai - The 2017 ABA Planning Committee Meeting was held on March 10, 2017 at The Trident Hotel, Nariman Point, in Mumbai, India, with the State Bank of India...

ABA officers meet with Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
March 10, 2017

ABA officers meet with Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

Mumbai - Thanks to the prior arrangements made by State Bank of India (SBI), ABA Chairman Mr. Daniel Wu had the opportunity to visit the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on...

SBI hosts optional tours for ABA Planning Committee members
March 9, 2017

SBI hosts optional tours for ABA Planning Committee members

Mumbai - The State Bank of India arranged two optional city tours for ABA delegates to provide them the opportunity to experience and get a glimpse of Mumbai...

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