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Bank of England, FCA and PRA collaborate to increase resilience of Financial Services

by LLB Finance Reporter
11th Dec 23 6:04 am

The Bank of England, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) have joined forces on a proposal to increase the resilience of financial services through overseeing critical third parties to UK regulated financial services firms and financial market infrastructure entities.

The joint proposal seeks to reduce the responsibilities of individual firms and financial market infrastructure entities dealing with operation resilience and third-party risk management through direct regulatory oversight.

The aim is to allow critical third parties to deliver services that contribute to greater operational resilience and innovation in a manner that focuses on benefits rather than potential risks to stability in the financial services sector.

The news comes following the Bank of England’s latest Financial Stability Report reviewing the stability of the UK financial system and the measures that can be taken to reduce risk.

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Within the report, the Bank of England outlined challenging economic conditions due to geopolitical tensions, persistent inflation and uncertainties over inflation rates. These were each labelled as risks that could weaken UK economic growth.

Dr Henry Balani, Global Head of Industry & Regulatory Affairs at Encompass Corporation, said, “Collaboration between regulators, the Government and industry is essential to developing and strengthening the regulatory framework and how organisations across financial services respond, so it’s encouraging to see the Bank of England, PRA and FCA working closely to increase the resilience of the sector, while recognising the importance of supporting innovation.

“When it comes to risk and fighting financial crime, particularly, the latest in technology has a critical role to play, and leveraging Know Your Customer (KYC) process automation, for example, to deliver real time digital risk profiles can save institutions hours and ensure continuous compliance.

“This collaboration carries particular interest in light of the Bank of England’s Financial Stability Review, which highlighted AI – a subject much talked about. There is no denying that AI could offer exciting benefits to financial institutions, with the potential to accelerate existing processes and augment the work of analysts, empowering them to detect financial crime risk more quickly and comprehensively.

“As the country’s key decision makers continue to assess the state of the financial services sector – with growth always top of mind – technology must be utilised to its full potential to increase resilience, effectiveness and deliver game-changing outcomes.”

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