Emerging markets to suffer unique Basel II compliance problems

Implementation of Basel II "is a tall order for most emerging markets", said Zeti Akhtar Aziz, governor of the Bank Negara Malaysia at the 12th annual Central Banking Conference in London yesterday.

In her speech, she noted a number of problems facing bank supervisors and financial institutions in developing countries, including limited expertise amongst regulators and bank employees, insufficient financial resources, illiquid domestic bond markets, lack of rating agency ratings, and the need to balance such a framework with a country’s desire for economic stability and growth.

Robert Kopech, a managing director in the New York office of Mercer Oliver Wyman, rolled out statistics to back

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