Chidambaram chairs fifth FSDC meeting

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 10, 2012 18:35 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 10 (IBNS) The Fifth Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was held here on Saturday under the Chairmanship of Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.

The meeting was attended by Dr. D. Subbarao, Governor, RBI, U. K. Sinha, Chairman, SEBI, Yogesh Agarwal, Chairman, PFRDA, R.K.Nair, Member, IRDA, Dr. Arvind Mayaram, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, D. K. Mittal, Secretary, Department of Financial Services and other senior officials of the Ministry of Finance.

The Council reviewed the recent global developments, specifically in the Eurozone and the US.

It assessed the external sector vulnerabilities as alsorisks arising out of the same. Recent steps taken by the Government and the financial sector Regulators to address the concerns were briefly discussed.

It discussed various policy suggestions on mitigating the vulnerabilities through moderating imports, promoting exports and encouraging capital flows through progressive liberalization.

On the development agenda, the steps taken so far towards developing the corporate bond marketwere reviewed.

The need for a roadmap for a structural shift towards a diverse financial system with an adequate emphasis on corporate bond instruments was discussed.

The Council also discussed a number of steps to be taken for rationalizing the framework for regulation of corporate debt with an aim to remove regulatory constraints for issuers and protect investors, encourage participation of long term investors, reduce cost of public issuance and increase liquidity through improving the market infrastructure.

FSDC was apprised of the progress made by the Sub-Committee on three broad fronts i.e. assessing and addressing risks to financial stability, inter-regulatory coordination issues andissues related to financial inclusion and financial literacy.

Action taken by the Sub-Committee for putting in place an effective mechanism for supervision of the financial conglomerates, a resolution regime for financial institutions and regulation of investment advisers were noted by the Council.

The Sub-Committee also informed the Council, inter alia, that a draft National Strategy for Financial Education has been released for wider consultation and that a roadmap for finalization and implementation of the strategy is being drawn.

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