Featured Product

    IMF Report on the Second Review Under the EFF with Sri Lanka

    August 10, 2017

    IMF published a report on completion of the second review of economic performance under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement with Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s three-year extended arrangement was approved on June 03, 2016 in the amount of about USD 1.45 billion, or 185% of quota in the IMF at that time of approval of the arrangement. The government’s reform program, supported by the IMF, aims to reduce the fiscal deficit, rebuild foreign exchange reserves, and introduce a simpler, more equitable tax system to restore macroeconomic stability and promote inclusive growth.

    The staff report highlights that the country’s financial sector has remained sound and resilient amid challenging global and domestic conditions. The capital and liquidity levels of the banking sector were maintained well above statutory minimum requirements. The asset base of the banking system increased by 14.9% in May 2017, driven by expansion in loans and advances, in line with the growth in deposits, while its non-performing loans (NPLs) remained at a healthy level of 2.8%, by the end of May. The performance of the non-bank financial sector improved in terms of asset growth, capital position, profitability and branch network expansion. In the context of few financially distressed finance companies, the Central Bank has already established an enforcement unit to further strengthen the regulatory and supervisory framework.

     

    The report reveals that, commencing from July 01, 2017, licensed commercial banks will adopt Basel III capital standards to strengthen their resilience. This is based on the Direction issued by the Central Bank in late 2016 in line with the Basel III guidelines issued by the Bank for Resettlement (BIS), related to capital, leverage, and liquidity, to strengthen resilience of banks. Licensed banks will meet the increased Basel III minimum capital requirements against risk-weighted assets on a staggered basis, in line with the international timeline for full implementation by January 01, 2019. Going forward, the Central Bank envisages issuing guidelines to banks on Basel III leverage ratio and net funding ratio standards as well, in line with the international timelines. Several amendments are planned to be introduced to the Banking Act to streamline and strengthen the regulatory and supervisory framework for licensed banks in line with the best global standards and practices, taking note of potential business expansion, activities, and innovations in the banking industry.

     

    Related Link: Staff Report (PDF) 

    Keywords: Asia Pacific, Sri Lanka, Banking, Basel III, NPLs, Extended Fund Facility, IMF

    Featured Experts
    Related Articles
    News

    HKMA on Fintech Adoption and Innovation by Banks in Hong Kong

    HKMA announced the publication of a report on fintech adoption and innovation in the banking industry in Hong Kong.

    May 20, 2020 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    BIS on Impact of Increasing Use of Cloud Technology on Cyber Risk

    BIS published a working paper that examines the drivers of cyber risk, especially in context of the cloud services.

    May 20, 2020 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    ECB Consults on Guide for Managing Climate and Environmental Risks

    ECB launched consultation on a guide specifying how the Banking Supervision expects banks to consider climate-related and environmental risks in their governance and risk management frameworks and when formulating and implementing their business strategy.

    May 20, 2020 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    ECB Issues Opinion on Revisions to CRR in Response to COVID Crisis

    ECB published an opinion (CON/2020/16) on amendments to the prudential framework in EU in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    May 20, 2020 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Assesses Interlinkages Between Recovery and Resolution Planning

    EBA published a report that examines the interlinkages between recovery and resolution planning under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD).

    May 20, 2020 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    SRB Publishes Final MREL Policy Under the Banking Package

    SRB published the final Minimum Requirements for Own Funds and Eligible Liabilities (MREL) policy under the Banking Package.

    May 20, 2020 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    US Agencies Amend Interim Final Rule on Transition Period for CECL

    US Agencies (FDIC, FED, and OCC) published a final rule that makes technical changes to the March 31, 2020 interim final rule that provides a five-year transition period for the impact of the current expected credit loss (CECL) methodology on regulatory capital.

    May 19, 2020 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    ECB Releases Results of March Survey on Credit Terms and Conditions

    ECB published results of the March 2020 survey on credit terms and conditions in euro-denominated securities financing and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets.

    May 19, 2020 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    FINMA Adjusts Deadlines for COVID-19 Relief Measures for Banks

    FINMA published guidance (06/2020) on extending or discontinuing various exemptions that were granted due to the COVID-19 crisis.

    May 19, 2020 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    SRB Consults on Standardized Data Set for Bank Valuation in Resolution

    SRB launched a consultation on the minimum data needed for valuation of a bank in resolution.

    May 19, 2020 WebPage Regulatory News
    RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 5203