High-Level Summary Technical Assistance Reports

The High-Level Summary Technical Assistance Report series provides high-level summaries of the assistance provided to IMF capacity development recipients, describing the high-level objectives, findings, and recommendations.

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September 29, 2023

Republic of Armenia: Review of Tax Expenditures

Description: Supporting the authorities’ objective to consolidate revenue, this technical assistance report assesses tax expenditures in Armenia. The report covers major tax expenditures related to the value-added tax, excise taxes, the profit tax, and the personal income tax. With total estimated tax expenditures in excess of 5.5 percent of GDP in 2021, streamlining preferential regimes, exemptions and incentives has strong potential for boosting revenue while improving the equity and efficiency of the tax system.

September 4, 2023

Project Summary:: Nordic-Baltic Technical Assistance Project – Financial Flows Analysis, AML/CFT Supervision, and Financial Stability

Description: In their efforts to strengthen the effectiveness of Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism Frameworks across the Nordic-Baltic Region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden), the Governors of the Nordic-Baltic Central Banks reached out to the IMF to request technical assistance. The request stems from various international money laundering banking scandals (ABLV, Danske Bank, Nordea, Swedbank), involving cross-border payments by non-residents that exposed financial integrity risks in the financial sector of the region, attracting international scrutiny on the level of non-resident Money Laundering/Terrorist Financing ML/TF risks and highlighting the vulnerabilities related to AML/CFT risk-based supervision of banks in the region. The flagship project relied on a novel methodology to leverage data analysis to understand ML/TF threats and vulnerabilities and their potential impact on financial stability, and developed country and regional recommendations. Notably, the project involved an analysis of (i)potentially high-risk financial flows to and from the region; (ii) the AML/CFT domestic and regional supervisory landscape related to banks and virtual assets; and (iii) the potential implications of financial integrity shocks on financial stability.

September 1, 2023

Colombia: Assessment of Financial Stability

Description: The financial stability report of the Banco de la República of Colombia (BR) provides broad coverage of macroeconomic environment and the assessment of risks in the financial system. The BR should continue developing data and enhancing forward-looking analytical approaches, sharpen messages on key risks, and develop a layered communication approach to reach audiences with different levels of technical expertise. As new risks emerge, the BR could take stock and update the structure as needed in the medium term. Over the long term, the BR should continue deepening the understanding of the channels and interaction between financial stability and monetary policy.

August 22, 2023

The Bahamas: Operationalizing the New Bank Resolution Framework and Amended Deposit Insurance Legislation - Second Mission

Description: The Bahamas has made considerable progress in developing the legal framework, infrastructure and resolution tools for an effective bank recovery and resolution regime, with legislation entered into force in September 2020. Implementation of recovery planning and development of other strategic and preparatory initiatives commenced after the first Technical Assistance mission in October/November 2021. The Central Bank of The Bahamas is committed to continuing apace with the operationalization of the reforms supported by the Fund’s TA guidance and recommendations, including with respect to: steps to further strengthen recovery planning; resolution framework, policies, and procedures including for credit unions; resolution planning and resolvability assessments; inter-agency coordination and communications; the contingency public funding framework; building capacity within the Deposit Insurance Corporation; and a program for testing authorities’ preparedness for a bank failure.

August 8, 2023

Maldives: Developing a Legal, Policy and Operational Framework for the Sovereign Development Fund

Description: In their effort to strengthen fiscal management, the authorities in the Maldives are aiming to develop a legal framework for the country’s Sovereign Development Fund (SDF) to provide it a firm legal basis and establish its governance, accountability, and reporting arrangements. An IMF team supported the authorities in this endeavor with advice on key design choices involving the SDF’s objectives, operational policies, and interaction with the country’s broader fiscal management framework. This note summarizes the mission’s analysis and recommendations.

June 30, 2023

Republic of San Marino: Report on the Financial Soundness Indicators and Monetary and Financial Statistics Technical Assistance Mission

Description: This paper presents the report on the financial soundness indicators (FSI) and monetary and financial statistics (MFS) technical assistance mission in San Marino. The mission reviewed and updated the bridge tables that are used to compile the FSIs for transmission to the statistics department (STA). Source data for compiling FSIs for commercial banks are adequate and generally meet the criteria established by the 2019 FSIs Guide for publication in the IMF’s FSI data portal. The mission also recommends updating the metadata accompanying the publication of revised FSIs. Because of the mission, the Central Bank of San Marino should be able to implement the new FSI Standardized Reports, FSI Institutional Coverage and FSI Metadata. The mission also reviewed the treatment of banks in liquidation in the compilation of MFS, particularly the recent case of banks in suspension of payments. A timeframe for reporting new FSI report forms and revised MFS data to STA has also been discussed and agreed on with the authorities.

June 16, 2023

Curaçao and Sint Maarten: Report on the Financial Soundness Indicators

Description: This paper discusses the high-level summary technical assistance report for Curaçao and Sint Maarten on financial soundness indicators (FSI). The High-Level Summary Technical Assistance Report series provides high-level summaries of the assistance provided to IMF capacity development recipients, describing the high-level objectives, findings, and recommendations. The mission, in collaboration with the staff of the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS), successfully developed bridge tables to compile FSIs for commercial banks and savings banks, which could be linked in the long term with its database to automate the FSIs compilation process. The mission also identified a few areas for improvements related to the data collection framework for the deposit takers to be implemented in the medium term. As a result of the mission, the CBCS is able to start reporting the FSI-standard reports, financial soundness metadata, and financial soundness institutional coverage for dissemination on the IMF’s FSI website for Curaçao and Sint Maarten. A timeframe for implementing the mission recommendations including reporting FSIs to statistics department was also discussed and agreed on with the CBCS staff.

June 15, 2023

Costa Rica: Sovereign Asset and Liability Management – Scoping Mission

Description: Costa Rica has embarked on an ambitious reform of its public debt management function and has made significant progress to date. On the institutional front, it includes the establishment of the Commission for Sovereign Assets and Liabilities for the coordination of public debt management, cash management, and financial programming of the budget. An IMF Technical Assistance mission visited San Jose in November 2022 to assist the Ministry of Finance in preparation of a framework for Sovereign Asset and Liability Management. This note summarizes the mission’s findings and recommendations.

May 26, 2023

Mongolia: Central Bank Communications

Description: At the request of the Bank of Mongolia (BOM), a mission team from the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department (MCM) provided technical assistance (TA) to BOM on central bank communications. The mission—which took place in August 2022—reviewed the existing communication framework of BOM and identified several areas where BOM could enhance the effectiveness of its communications.

May 12, 2023

Philippines: Developing a Regulatory and Supervisory Framework for Operational Resilience

Description: This paper discusses Philippines’ Summary Technical Assistance Report series that provides high-level summaries of the assistance provided to IMF capacity development recipients, describing the high-level objectives, findings, and recommendations. Responding to a request from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for developing a regulatory and supervisory framework for operational resilience, a Technical Assistance mission aided the authorities in identifying regulatory gaps, provided guidance in enhancing the regulatory framework and delivered a training program focusing on regulatory aspects pertaining to operational resilience. The recommendations focused on articulating the case for policy initiative, developing a regulation in consultation with the industry, considering potential severe but plausible scenarios. The report recommends identifying and addressing regulatory gaps in existing regulations on corporate governance, information and communication technology/cyber risk, outsourcing, business continuity management, and operational risk management from an operational resilience perspective based on the feedback and the inputs provided.

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