Original disclosure @ ADB website
Updated in EWS Apr 10, 2022
Disclosed by Bank Oct 22, 2021
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According to Asian Development Bank (ADB) documents, the proposed program modality is a programmatic approach. It consists of three subprograms that are designed to allow ADB to remain engaged and to help the government implement increasingly complex long-term finance sector reforms. Under this third subprogram, there are 3 reforms areas.
Reform area 1: Nonbank financial systems developed. This will concentrate on secondary market development and an insurance strategy, including alternative investments and housing finance schemes focusing on gender-based requirements, while improving governance rules in capital markets.
Reform area 2: Stability and integrity of the financial system strengthened. There will be focus on implementing the International Financial Reporting Standards 9, revised rules on anti-money laundering based on requirements, and full alignment with Basel III, leading to enhanced stability, efficiency, and inclusiveness in financial markets.
Reform area 3: Financial inclusion promoted. This includes financing inclusive green finance and financial technology to promote digital inclusion. The impact of the reform will be the improved economic welfare of the Bhutanese people, especially women, through increased employment, private sector business development, enhanced access to finance, and greater efficiency of financial intermediation. The program will support the government with institutional reforms while improving the technical capacity of regulatory and financial institutions.
PROJECT RATIONALE AND LINKAGE TO COUNTRY/REGIONAL STRATEGY
The program will support the government in its commitment to continue reforms to make the finance sector more responsive to emerging priorities, while remaining stable and inclusive. This support is critical for the government to achieve national key result areas of the Twelfth Five Year Plan, 2018 2023, such as macroeconomic stability, economic diversification, improving access to finance and poverty reduction. The government has already prepared several long-term sector development strategies. In 2017, the government approved the Financial Sector Development Action Plan, which details reform actions that affect, among others, the banking system, nonbank financial institutions, and financial inclusion and financial literacy.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Gunawardhena, Manohari|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD|
|Executing Agencies||Ministry of Finance
Royal Government of Bhutan
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