Banking on progress



One of the major lessons of the 1997-98 Asian crisis is that credit risk is arguably the most critical element for banks in the region. Certainly, a horde of Asian banks are still weighed down by colossal non-performing loans (NPLs) due to pre-crisis lending blunders, and the recent slowdown in the global economy has once again brought credit risk to centre stage.

But while credit seems to be the catchword on every banker’s lips in Asia, action to remedy past credit risk measurement de