Basel Committee Publishes Report on Implications of Digitalization of Finance on Banks and Supervision

On May 16, 2024 the Basel Committee published a report on the Digitalisation of Finance, outlining the risks and benefits of new technologies and its suppliers for the purposes of banking services, as well as “eight implications for banks and supervisors relating to macro-structural elements, specific digitalisation themes, and capacity building and coordination.” The report expands on the 2018 Sound Practices: implications of fintech developments for banks and bank supervisors. Technologies such as application programming interfaces, artificial intelligence and machine learning, distributed ledger technology and cloud computing, as well as new technologically enabled suppliers (eg big techs, fintechs and third-party service providers) and business models are reviewed within the report. The Committee hopes to address regulatory and supervisory implications such as:

  • “monitoring evolving risks and adopting a responsible approach to innovation;
  • safeguarding data and implementing robust risk management processes; and
  • securing the necessary resources, staff and capabilities to assess and mitigate risks from new technologies and business models.”

More information on the report on the digitalization of finance is available here.