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About BIS - overview

Our mission is to serve central banks in their pursuit of monetary and financial stability, to foster
international cooperation in those areas and to act as a bank for central banks.

Established in 1930, the BIS is owned by 60 central banks, representing countries from around
the world that together account for about 95% of world GDP. Its head office is in Basel,
Switzerland and it has two representative offices: in Hong Kong SAR and in Mexico City.

We pursue our mission by:

 fostering discussion and facilitating collaboration among central banks

 supporting dialogue with other authorities that are responsible for promoting financial
 carrying out research and policy analysis on issues of relevance for monetary and
financial stability
 acting as a prime counterparty for central banks in their financial transactions
 serving as an agent or trustee in connection with international financial operations

As part of our work in the area of monetary and financial stability, we regularly publish
related analyses and international banking and financial statistics that underpin policymaking,
academic research and public debate.

With regard to our banking activities, our customers are central banks and international
organisations. We do not accept deposits from, or provide financial services to, private
individuals or corporate entities.


The BIS has three main departments, two of which encompass our two principal activities -
policy analysis and banking - and one which provides general internal support.


Undertakes research and analysis on central bank policy issues, provides committee
support and organises meetings of senior central bankers and other officials in charge of
financial stability. In addition, the department collects, analyses and
disseminates statistical information on the international financial system.
Provides a range of financial services to support central banks in the management of their
foreign exchange and gold reserves and invests the equity of the BIS.
Supports the entire organisation with corporate services, including human resources,
facilities management, security, finance, communications and IT.

These departments are supported by the Legal Service and the Risk Management, Internal Audit
and Compliance units.

Working alongside the three main departments is the BIS's Financial Stability Institute, which
supports the implementation of global regulatory standards and sound supervisory practices by
central banks and financial sector regulatory and supervisory authorities worldwide.

Staff and offices

We currently employ about 600 staff members from more than 60 countries, most of whom work
at our headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. We also have two regional offices:

 Representative Office for Asia and the Pacific, Hong Kong SAR
 Representative Office for the Americas, Mexico City

Governance of the BIS

The governance of the Bank is exercised at three levels as determined by its Statutes:
Governance of BIS committees

The BIS hosts six committees, which are overseen by three senior groupings in the context of
the Basel Process.

 The Global Economy Meeting (GEM) provides oversight to three committees -

the Committee on the Global Financial System, the Committee on Payments and Market
Infrastructures and the Markets Committee - by appointing their chairs, receiving their
reports and deciding on publication, and providing guidance on work priorities. A smaller
group of central bank Governors in the Economic Consultative Committee supports the
GEM by preparing proposals for discussion and decision by the GEM.
 The All Governors' Meeting, which includes all 60 BIS member central banks, oversees
the work of two committees - the Central Bank Governance Forum and the Irving Fisher
Committee on Central Bank Statistics - whose memberships are broader than the GEM's.
 The Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS) provides oversight to
the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS). The GHOS comprises the central
bank Governors and non-central bank heads of supervision from BCBS member

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