Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP)

Last updated: Friday, February 03, 2017

The Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP), established in 1999, is a comprehensive and in-depth assessment of a country’s financial sector. FSAPs analyze the resilience of the financial sector, the quality of the regulatory and supervisory framework, and the capacity to manage and resolve financial crises. Based on its findings, FSAPs produce recommendations of a micro- and macro-prudential nature, tailored to country-specific circumstances.

The FSAP is a key instrument of the Fund’s surveillance and provides input to the Article IV consultation. In jurisdictions with financial sectors deemed by the Fund to be systemically important, financial stability assessments under the FSAP are a mandatory part of Article IV surveillance, and are supposed to take place every five years; for all other jurisdictions, participation in the program is voluntary. In developing and emerging market countries, FSAPs are conducted jointly with the World Bank. In these countries, FSAP assessments include two components: a financial stability assessment, which is the responsibility of the Fund, and a financial development assessment, which is the responsibility of the World Bank.

At the end of each FSAP mission, teams leave a detailed and comprehensive Aide Memoire with national authorities, which is confidential. FSAPs conclude with the preparation of a Financial System Stability Assessment (FSSA), which focuses on issues of relevance to IMF surveillance and is discussed at the IMF Executive Board together with the country’s Article IV report. Publication of FSSAs is not mandatory. In addition to the main document (listed below if published), individual country’s FSAPs may bring forward additional supporting documents.

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FSSA Country Reports
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Turkey : Turkey: Financial Sector Assessment Program : Financial System Stability Assessment, February 3, 2017

Lebanon : Lebanon : Selected Issues, January 24, 2017

Lebanon : Lebanon : Financial System Stability Assessment, January 24, 2017

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Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) Report on the Evaluation of the Financial Sector Assessment Program
January 5, 2006
Development Issues in the FSAP
February 24, 2003
Analytical Tools of the FSAP
February 24, 2003
Implementation of the Basel Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision, Experiences, Influences, and Perspectives
September 23, 2002
Financial Sector Assessment Program—Experience with the Assessment of Systemically Important Payment Systems
April 19, 2002
Experience with the Assessments of the IOSCO Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation under the Financial Sector Assessment Program
April 18, 2002
Experience with the Insurance Core Principles Assessments Under the Financial Sector Assessment Program
August 21, 2001
Financial Sector Assessment Program, A Commentary By Manuel Conthe, Vice President for the Financial Sector, World Bank, and by Stefan Ingves, Director of Monetary and Exchange Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund
March 9, 2001
The IMF/World Bank Financial Sector Assessment Program An Article by Paul Hilbers, Deputy Division Chief, Monetary and Exchange Affairs Department, IMF, published in Economic Perspectives
February 23, 2001
Group of Ten
Report on Consolidation in the Financial Sector
January 25, 2001
News Brief: IMF Announces Working Group to Review the Fund's Financial Sector Work
October 05, 2000
News Brief: IMF Managing Director Horst Köhler Meets Private Financial Sector Representatives
June 08, 2000
The IMF and the Financial Sector Introductory Remarks by Stanley Fischer given at the Seminar on Financial Risks, System Stability, and Economic Globalization
June 05, 2000
Macroprudential Indicators of Financial System Soundness, IMF Occasional Paper No. 192
April 15, 2000