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1 Regional Financial Architecture Side Event: The Role of Regional Cooperation and Global Partnership in Financing for Development Organized by United Nations Regional Commissions Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus. Doha, November 2008 Alicia Bárcena Executive Secretary, ECLAC

2 2 The role of regional and sub-regional financial institutions in Latin America Regional financial institutions must play an important role in the new international financial architecture by complementing global financial institutions: Mobilizing financial resources for development. Counter cyclical financing. Reserve pooling. Surveillance. Macroeconomic coordination. Regional financial institutions have specific characteristics which makes them particularly valuable: They provide a sense of ownership of resources and of their destination. They posses the knowledge that is specific to the workings of the region. They have the capacity to act and provide a response in a timely manner.

3 3 The regional architecture in Latin America The regional architecture comprises: Development Banks Inter-American Development Bank (1959). Andean Development Corporation (1968). Central American Integration Bank (1961). Caribbean Development Bank (1969). Reserve pooling institutions Latin American Reserve Fund (1978). Mechanisms for Trade Facilitation.

4 4 Development Banks The functions of development banks include: Investment finance. Provides loans and extend lines of credit to corporations, and banks financing foreign trade and working capital operations. Provides the financial sector with credits for channeling resources to a variety of productive sectors. Offer governments and government bodies development bank services for special financing of physical infrastructure and integration projects. Provides financing for projects to promote human development and integrate marginalized groups.

5 5 Loans by regional and sub-regional development Banks in the region (US$ Bn) US$ Billion Regional and sub-regional development banks have increased their relative importance IDB

6 6 Financing Investment Andean development Corporation Loans portfolio by sector of economic activity (Percentage of the total) and (% of total) Percentage

7 7 Source: BCIE. Annual Report (2007) Central American Bank for Economic Integration Loan portfolio by sector of economic activity (Percentage of the total) 2007 Financing Investment

8 8 Development Banks The functions of development banks include: Provision of liquidity. Andean development Corporation (CAF) established in 2008 a contingency line of credit of US$ 1 to 2 billions Provision of countercyclical finance. Intermediation of financing funds from international markets to the countries of the region. Plays an important role in stabilizing access to financial flows.

9 9 The provision of counter-cyclical finance GDP GROWTH, LOAN APPROVALS AND INFLOW OF PRIVATE CAPITAL Andean Community Millions of US$ GDP growth % GDP Growth Loan approvals Inflows of private capital

10 10 The provision of counter-cyclical finance GDP GROWTH, LOAN APPROVALS AND INFLOW OF PRIVATE CAPITAL Central American Common Market Millions of US$ GDP growth % GDP Growth Loan approvals Inflows of private capital

11 11 Additional advantage that facilitates intermediation of development banks is their investment grade RISK RATING OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN LATIN AMERICA (745 INSTITUTIONS) CAF= A+ BCIE= A- Source: Fitch Corporate (2008)

12 12 The Latin American Reserve Fund The Latin American Reserve Fund covers: Bolivia Colombia Ecuador Costa Rica Peru The Latin American Reserve Funds main functions are: To provide financial support for its member countries balances of payments complementing IMF financing (this is the main function of the FLAR). To improve the terms for its member countries reserves investments. To help harmonizing its member countries monetary and financial policies. In order to provide balance of payments financing, FLAR operates as a credit cooperation in which the member countries central banks are able to take loans in proportion to their capital contributions. There are different credit facilities: Credits for balance of payments support. Credits for restructuring the external national debt. Liquidity credits Standby credits. Treasury credits

13 13 Latin American Reserve Fund Granted credits per year for balance of payments support and liquidity provision Source: On the basis of official data. US$ Millions

14 14 The Latin American Reserve Fund BoliviaColombiaCosta RicaEcuadorPeruVenezuelan (Bolivarian Rep. of) Subscribed capital Paid-up capital IMF Quotas Short-term debt International Reserves Short-term debt/international reserves (%) Short-term debt/international reserves (%) IMPACT OF FLAR ON FINANCIAL VULNERABILITY (SHORT-TERM DEBT/INTERNATIONAL RESERVES, MARCH 2003 Source: Titelman (2006) Note: The quotient of short-term debt over increased international reserves is calculated by adding to international reserves the debt capacity in FAR/FLAR, which is equal to 2.5 times the paid-up capital, except for Bolivia and Ecuador, where it is 3.5 times.

15 15 Challenges in improving the regional financial architecture The process of financial globalization has heightened the need to strengthen regional financial architecture to help reduce financial volatility and vulnerability in the region. To deepen regional financial integration development banks should: Continue to provide countercyclical financing. Expand their functions to include supporting and facilitating the countries access to international financial markets. Actively support national and regional financial development. With respect to reserve pooling intitutions FLAR should: Support coordination of the macroeconomic and monetary policies of the countries in the region. Contribute to establish common standards for regulation and financial supervision. Expand its reserve pooling and countries coverage to improve its resource base helping to reduce contagion between countries. New initiatives such as Bank of the South can complement the objectives and functions of the existing regional financial institutions.

16 Regional Financial Architecture Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus. Doha, November 2008 Alicia Bárcena Executive Secretary, ECLAC


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