Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

Banque des règlements internationaux (BRI)
Bank für Internationalen Zahlungsausgleich (BIZ)
Banca dei Regolamenti Internazionali (BRI)

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27 Feb 1930, pursuant to signature of intergovernmental convention - The Hague Agreements, 20 Jan 1930, and benefiting from statutes and a special charter granted by the Swiss Confederation; commenced operations 17 May 1930. Statutes adopted 20 Jan 1930; and amended: 3 May 1937; 12 June 1950; 9 Oct 1961; 9 June 1969; 10 June 1974; 8 July 1975; 14 June 1993; 13 Sep 1994; 8 Nov 1999; June 2005. Protocol regarding the immunities of the Bank signed 30 July 1936, Brussels (Belgium). Headquarters Agreement concluded with Swiss authorities 10 Feb 1987. Also referred to as Central Banks' Bank. Statutes registered in 'LNTS 1/2398'.


Promote discussion and facilitate decision-making processes among central banks and within the international financial community; act as a prime counterpart for central banks in their financial transactions; conduct economic and monetary research; act as an agent or trustee in connection with international financial operations.

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Acts as regular meeting place for governors of central banks. AGM approves the annual report and accounts, makes appropriations to reserve and special funds and considers declaration of dividend. The Bank: carries out wide range of banking operations with central banks and assists them in managing and investing some of their foreign exchange reserves; as banker to central banks, accepts deposits from central banks and places the funds received in international markets; makes liquid resources available to central banks in the form of credits or stand-by facilities; buys and sells gold on its own account or for central banks; holds gold on its own account and accepts custody of gold for the account of central banks; functions as trustee for certain international government loans; carries out financial and economic research, including collection of statistical data on financing of external surpluses and deficits, acting as data bank for central banks; organizes meetings of groups of experts on gold market, foreign exchange markets, Euro-currency market, payment systems, monetary and economic data bank questions.

Permanent Committees hosted by BIS:

 • Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) - addresses supervision at the level of individual institutions and its relation to macroprudential supervision;

 • Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS) - monitors and analyses macrofinancial stability issues;

 • Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures;

 • Markets Committee - examines the functioning of financial markets;

 • Central Bank Governance Group - examines issues related to the design and operation of central banks;

 • Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics (IFC) - addresses statistical issues of concern to central banks, including those relating to economic, monetary and financial stability.

Hosts secretariat for:

 • Financial Stability Board (FSB);

 • Financial Stability Institute (FSI) - promotes international financial stability by coordinating the work of national financial authorities and international standard-setting bodies in developing strong regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies;

 • International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) - contributes to the stability of financial systems by promoting international cooperation and encouraging wide international contact among deposit insurers and other interested parties;

 • International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) - serves as the international standard-setting body for prudential supervision of the insurance industry.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 22 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 58 countries
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Subjects *

  • Amenities
    • Settlements
  • Commerce
    • Finance
    • Banking
    • Money
  • Economics
    • Economic

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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