First Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting of the FSF

Press release  | 
19 October 2001

The Financial Stability Forum (FSF) held its first regional meeting in the Asia-Pacific region, at the Mita House in Tokyo, Japan. Senior representatives from finance ministries, central banks, and supervisory and regulatory authorities from 5 FSF members and 8 regional non-members attended the meeting. Senior officials from the European Central Bank and the Asian Development Bank also took part in the meeting.

Participants exchanged views on vulnerabilities in domestic and international financial systems in the current conjuncture. Against the backdrop of a weak prospect for the world and regional economies, especially following the events of 11 September, participants felt that domestic financial systems have displayed resilience but that vigilance on the soundness of the financial sector in individual jurisdictions remains warranted. They also discussed changing patterns of capital flows in the region and noted that the decrease in inflows to the region, if sustained, could constrain the region's growth prospects.

Participants also discussed structural issues in the global financial system. They discussed ways to strengthen further the domestic and regional financial systems. While much has been done since the Asian crisis, many felt that the present downturn has accentuated the need for a continued commitment by the authorities to reform. In this context, a discussion of the usefulness of standards and codes placed considerable emphasis on the importance of upgrading national accounting and auditing standards and corporate governance practices. A number of participants felt that broader representation in the development of standards and codes would be desirable.

Participants expressed continued interest in issues related to the role of hedge funds in financial markets and the implications of recent changes in that industry for the ongoing review of the implementation of the FSF's earlier recommendations (`Report of the Working Group on Highly Leveraged Institutions' March 2000), which is expected to finish by March 2002.

Participants thanked the Japanese Ministry of Finance for its hospitality. They expressed interest in future regional FSF meetings.

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