IMF advocates rigorous supervision of Pan-African banks

Feb 03, 2017

The IMF believes rigorous supervision of Pan-African banks will make the banks immune to financial crises.

The Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for rigorous monitoring of Pan-African banks in order to make the banks immune to financial crises in the continent. The IMF MD, Ms. Christine Lagarde made this call last Wednesday while speaking at the Conference on Cross-Border Banking and Regulatory Reforms in Africa held in Mauritius. Lagarde noted that unless Pan-African banks are strengthened and well capitalized, any stress experienced by a Pan-African bank could affect the economy of countries where the bank has branches. "They (Pan-African banks) are one more piece of evidence of the region's dynamic changes. These institutions have filled the gap left by the retrenchment of European and American banks since the crisis. "Bank holding companies are headquartered in one country and have subsidiaries across the region that operates under their hosts' rules and regulations. This places an important burden on supervisors who have primary oversight of the holding companies. It is also essential that host countries are informed and consulted, and for host country supervisors to be involved" she said. Lagarde assured Pan-African banks of IMF's support towards ensuring stronger monitoring. "Effective cross-border regulation and supervision also depend on technical expertise. This is where the IMF can help you build capacity and keep up with the rapid changes in the banking industry. "We constantly engage on these issues as a participant in international bodies, where we seek to provide a voice for all of our member countries. And we have worked with your governments for many years to provide advice and assistance across a range of economic policy issues" she added. Full Speech: Financial Stability and Pan-African Banking - Remarks for a Conference on Cross-Border Banking and Regulatory Reforms. Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director