Bahrain issues Basel II consultation paper

MANAMA - The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has issued its first consultation paper on Basel II implementation, containing its proposed policy for implementing Basel II Pillar One requirements, which it intends to adopt from 2008.

The proposals cover revised requirements concerning credit and market risk, consolidation and deduction issues, and new capital requirements for operational risk.

A key highlight of the CBB proposals includes a new risk-focused approach to credit risk. The CBB intends to review the current industry-wide 12% trigger (and 12.5% target) minimum capital adequacy requirements, and to set individual minimum trigger and target capital ratios for each bank, based on supervisory reviews of all locally

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