Please refer to Regulation G-1(B) of Prudential Regulations for Corporate/Commercial Banking, regarding ‘Responsibilities of the Board of Directors’ as amended from time to time. Para 10 of Regulation G-1(B) allows the Board to form specialized committees with well-defined objectives, authorities and tenure. It further provides that such committees of the Board should neither indulge in day-today affairs/operations of the bank nor involve enjoy any credit approval authority for transaction/limits.
2. It has been decided to add an additional Para 10A in Regulation G-1(B) to read as under:
“10A. The Board of those banks which are operating as subsidiary of a foreign bank and joint venture DFIs, if deemed absolutely necessary, may delegate authority to a relevant committee of the Board to review/approve credit facilities over and above minimum threshold as determined by the Board of Directors. Further, such Board Committee must be chaired by a director having relevant experience to review/approve credit facilities. However, the management shall not be absolved of its responsibility of properly scrutinizing the credit proposals in terms of Bank’s/DFI’s approved credit policy and managing such credit on day to day basis.”
3. All concerned Banks/DFIs are advised to follow the amended regulation in letter and spirit. Any deviation or non-compliance of the same shall attract punitive action under the relevant provisions of the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962.
4. All other instructions on the subject shall remain unchanged.
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