Practical Guide to Basel II Implementation: Part 1 of 6

In June 2004, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) published the document "International Convergence of Capital Measurement and Capital Standards, a Revised Framework" (widely known as Basel II).

Basel II aims to build on a solid foundation of prudent capital regulation, supervision, and market discipline, and to enhance further risk management and financial stability.

Only 13 countries (the member countries) have the obligation to implement Basel II framework. However, many countries around the world are implementing Basel II by adopting the requirement to their needs. Almost 100 countries are implementing Basel II to some extent. The financial institutions in these countries will be required to prove compliance to Basel II requirements as per their countries’ requirements.

Implementation of Basel II requirements is a complex process, as it requires not just building models to capture risk, but also a change in the risk culture of the organization. It may also require extensive change in credit and other processes. A successful implementation of Basel II requirements may take up to 2-3 years for any bank.

The purpose of this series of posts is to provide you with an understanding of the practical considerations and steps for implementation of the three Pillars.

The series is organized as follows:

Part 1: Overview (This post)

Part 2: National Priorities and Scope of Application of Basel II

Part 3: Practical Steps for Implementing Pillar I

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