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IFC Risk Certification Program Helps Boost Financial Sustainability in Central Asia

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, October 20, 2011 —IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing financial risk-management training to institutions in Azerbaijan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, helping them reduce their risk of losses.
As part of the first round of the Risk Certification Program implementation, IFC conducted review classes on the fundamentals of financial risk on October 17-19 in Bishkek. The three-day classes focus on risk-management methodologies, governance structures for the management of risk in financial institutions, and an overview of globally accepted standards and concepts in these areas.
The program is organized in partnership with the Global Association of Risk Professionals, a globally recognized leader in financial-risk testing and certification programs, and educational and training activities.
Over 20 participants from the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic, commercial banks, and microfinance organizations joined the classes, as well as local training partners who will further train staff of local banks and financial institutions during the second phase of the program. The review classes were held in Azerbaijan in September, will be provided in Tajikistan in late October, and in Uzbekistan in November.
“One of the key pitfalls to banking and microfinance is financial risk,” said Bektash Uzenov, Head of the Risk Management Department at UniCredit Bank. ”The banks are looking for good risk-management practices and are trying to test various methods. IFC’s Risk Certification Program, the first in the region, provides a unique opportunity to improve my knowledge and understanding of risk management from an international perspective.”
This training initiative is part of the IFC Azerbaijan-Central Asia Financial Markets Infrastructure Advisory Services Project, and the IFC Financial Markets Crisis Management Project, which are funded by Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
“IFC’s Risk Certification Program provides local banks and microfinance institutions access to globally acknowledged financial risk-management concepts and standards,” said Rolf Behrndt, IFC Regional Business Line Manager. “We hope as many bank and microfinance organization employees as possible will take these opportunities to expand their knowledge of financial risk management and earn certificates from the Global Association of Risk Professionals.”
IFC aims to strengthen financial markets in the region by strengthening credit information systems and risk-management practices and education, as well as by facilitating the resolution of distressed loans.
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About GARP
The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) is a not-for-profit global membership organization dedicated to preparing professionals and organizations to make better informed risk decisions. Membership represents nearly 150,000 risk management practitioners and researchers from banks, investment management firms, government agencies, academic institutions, and corporations from more than 195 countries. GARP administers the Financial Risk Manager (FRM®) and the Energy Risk Professional (ERP®) exams; certifications recognized by risk professionals worldwide. GARP also helps advance the role of risk management via comprehensive professional education and training for professionals of all levels.