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International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department
The Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP) was conducted amid an economic rebound two years into the COVID-19 pandemic that had a limited impact on the financial sector. Several member states have experienced political instability, with coups in Burkina Faso and Mali leading to economic sanctions for the latter, and an attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau. Yet, short of further political deterioration, economic recovery is expected to persist. The last FSAP was conducted in 2008.
Ms. Inutu Lukonga

meet the Basel III liquidity requirements, forcing Islamic banks to maintain a high level of cash. Interbank markets are more developed between Islamic banks and conventional banks than among Islamic banks, possibly reflecting the limited number of players. Interbank markets between Islamic banks and conventional banks are reported to exist in six countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates). Meanwhile, only four countries (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates) have developed a domestic currency interbank Mudarabah

International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department

Pillar 2 to address these risks. Liquidity risks are also amplified by the underdevelopment of the regional bond market, which needs to be developed further. A timely introduction of the Basel III liquidity requirements would help banks internalize liquidity risks. An ambitious regulatory reform has consolidated the prudential base and established the conditions for a further strengthening of banking supervision. The FSAP found that the supervisory framework has become more risk oriented, but enforcement should be strengthened, supervisory resources increased, and

International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department

. To boost banks’ resilience, capital requirements have been increased, including through early implementation of the EU capital regulations and additional capital buffers. The authorities applied restrictions on mortgage lending risk weights and banks’ mortgage lending standards. Nonetheless, to further enhance the monitoring of risks, the Norges Bank (NB) and FSA should intensify cooperation to exploit synergies between macro- and micro-prudential stress testing, and further enhance their stress testing frameworks, and consider supplementing the Basel III liquidity

International Monetary Fund. European Dept.

requirements have been adopted this year, and work will continue to comply with Basel III liquidity requirements. In April 2016, a joint IMF/World Bank mission completed an appraisal for Belarus under the Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP). The FSAP team assessed progress in achieving compliance with international banking sector supervision standards and noted the accomplishments in establishing an integrated bank supervisory process. In line with staff’s recommendation, an independent asset quality review of the largest banks has been completed to inform practical

International Monetary Fund

minimum acceptable amount of stable funding. 3 Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s, Fitch, and JP Morgan Cazenove were surveyed. 4 The FIN-FSA Annual Report for 2011 notes that 94 percent of all housing loans are priced on the basis of floating rates. 5 The LCR is a Basel III liquidity requirement that becomes enforceable on January 1, 2015. The LCR measures the available liquid resources through a 30-day stress situation of a combined idiosyncratic and market-wide shock.