Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority Launches Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Prudential Framework for Conventional QFC Authorised Banks

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Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority Launches Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Prudential Framework for Conventional QFC Authorised Banks

The Qatar Financial Centre’s Regulatory Authority has launched a consultation on proposed Banking Business Prudential (Credit Risk and Related Matters) Amendments Rules 2021. It ends on 31 December this year.

The aim is to assess the impact of these proposals on conventional QFC authorised banks.

The prudential banking framework which applies to banks is largely based on the international framework for banks developed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

The amendments are being proposed to the Banking Business Prudential Rules 2014.

They include updated Rules taking account of the revised BCBS standardised approach for credit risk as well as new rule requirements related to the credit risk management framework.

They also include new rules taking account of the BCBS prudential treatment for equity investment in funds and new rules for categorising problem assets and provisioning.

In addition, they include new rules for the classification of items between the banking and trading books and updated rules related to the large exposures framework.

As the Islamic Financial Services Board has not finalised its work to update the credit risk capital requirement for Islamic banks, the Regulatory Authority is proposing to defer updating the credit risk framework in the Islamic Banking Business Prudential Rules 2015 until the standards are finalised and published.

After the consultation has ended, the Regulatory Authority will test the prudential returns with QFC banks over the reporting period from January 2022 to June 2022. The updated final BANK Rule would come into force on 1 January 2023.

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Marlé Van Sandwyk
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