Deposit Insurers Sign Cross-Border Pact

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The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) of the US has recently signed a joint communique for cross-border cooperation to ensure both countries' financial stability by improving depositor protection.

"The two Agencies agreed to exchange information on policies, tool kits and best practices as allowed by their respective laws since such cooperation would be useful in promoting regional and global financial stability," the PDIC announced yesterday.

The PDIC, which will turn 50 years old at the end of the week, is currently hosting the five-day 39th International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) Executive Council Meeting and International Conference.

PDIC President Valentin A. Araneta said the opportunity to bring together the IADI and hosting the international meetings is an "occasion where the economic progress of the Philippines based on a platform of good governance can be appreciated by delegates from deposit insurance agencies". About 30 deposit insurance corporations from different countries and jurisdictions are attending the conference.

The signing of the Communique with FDIC is the first to be concluded during the meetings in Manila.

PDIC in a statement said this cross-border cooperation is to be conducted on a mutual basis and the Communique covers cooperation on technical inquiries, bilateral meetings between the two organizations and possible assistance on cross-border issues to the extent permitted by each country's laws, rules and regulations. …