June 30, 2019

BIS published the annual report and the annual economic report for 2018–19. BIS also published speeches by the General Manager Agustín Carstens, the Economic Adviser and Head of Research Hyun Song Shin, and the Head of the Monetary and Economic Department Claudio Borio, who presented on the occasion of the BIS Annual General Meeting in Basel.

The annual report provides a description of its activities, governance, and organization, along with its annual financial statements for 2018–19. The BIS General Manager Agustín Carstens presented the new BIS Annual Report and highlighted the core activities of BIS in three main areas: economic analysis and research, banking activities, and cooperation among central banks and other financial authorities. Further, the report provides information on the BIS Innovation Hub 2025. The report notes that the role of the Hub will be to identify and develop in-depth insights into the critical technology trends affecting central banking, to develop public goods in the technology space for improving the functioning of the global financial system, to and serve as a focal point for a network of central bank experts on innovation.

The annual economic report highlights that monetary policy can no longer be the main engine of economic growth and that  other policy drivers need to kick in to ensure the global economy achieves sustainable momentum. BIS calls for a better balance between monetary policy, structural reforms, fiscal policy, and macro-prudential measures. The report mentions that macro-prudential policies complement the monetary policy framework as an integral element of the wider macro-financial stability framework. They are targeted at addressing risks to financial stability, which arise from domestic financial imbalances. The report also features a chapter on big tech and financial services, which was released on June 23, 2019.

 

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