• Ad-hoc Communications

    • Amendments to Caps on Fees and Charges for Individual Customers, including Non-Bahraini Individuals_10 May 2021

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    • Draft Executive Resolutions issued by the Personal Data Protection Authority_26 April 2021

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    • Merchant Fees_20 April 2021

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    • Information Required for Annual and Interim Financial Review_13 April 2021

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    • Merchant Fees on Payments to Zakat and Charity Fund_6 April 2021

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    • Independent Review by Third Party Consultants_22 March 2021

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    • Mandating the Use of Purpose Codes for SWIFT Cross-Border Payments_17 March 2021

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    • Agreed-Upon Procedures of the Financial Crime ("FC") Module_3 March 2021

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    • Upcoming Annual General Meetings_14 February 2021

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    • Prepaid Cards_12 January 2021

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    • Mandating the Use of Purpose Codes for SWIFT Cross-Border Payments_4 January 2021

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      Click here to download the Subscription steps for a participant to BHD service in PDF format.

    • Re: CBB Rules on Blocking/Unblocking of Customer Accounts_23 December 2020

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    • Re: Virtual Assets - Red Flags and Indicators_30 November 2020

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    • Re: Combating the Financing of Terrorism - Guidance for All Financial Institutions_17 November 2020

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    • Subject: Cyber Security Risks and Threats Workshop by Visa_3 November 2020

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    • Re: Fund Transfers by Customers of Payment Service Providers_8 October 2020

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    • Subject: Off-Plan Sale Projects Escrow Account Manager_5 October 2020

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    • Re: Proof of Residency Permit__29 September 2020

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    • Resolution No. (123) with respect to the Regulations and Implenting Procedures for Selling Mortgaged Properties in Public Auction_29 September 2020

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    • Re: Fraudulent Phishing Attempts_23 September 2020

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    • Re: Issuance of Contactless Payment Cards_8 Sept 2020

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    • Re: Provision of Financial Services on a Non-discriminatory Basis_26 Aug 2020

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    • Re: Exemptions from Submission of Agreed upon Procedures on PIR/PIRI/PIRFM_24 August 2020

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    • Transition from LIBOR_29 July 2020

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    • Reporting of Financial Impact of COVID-19_14 July 2020

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    • Re: Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing Risks & Practices during Covid-19_27 May 2020

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    • Amendments to Operational Risk Management (OM) Modules - Volumes 1 and 2_18 May 2020

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    • Amendments to the Financial Crime (FC) and High-Level Controls (HC) Modules_7 May 2020

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    • Financial Impact Assessment of the Six Months Instalment Deferral_26 April 2020

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    • Directive Automatic Exchange of Information ("AEOI") - Common Reporting Standard ("CRS") and Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA") Reporting Window_16 April 2020

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    • Webinar on Principles and Practices of Real Estate Valuation in the Financial Services Sector_13 April 2020

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    • Directive on Use of Salary Transfers to Bahrainis by the Government_12 April 2020

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    • Additional COVID-19 Precautionary Measures_8 April 2020

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    • Date Sensitive Reporting Requirements Extensions/ Exemptions Under Rulebooks (Volume 1 and 2)_2 April 2020

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    • Agreed Upon Procedures for Financial Crime Module_1 April 2020

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    • Exemption for first Quarter Financial Results Preparation and Publication_30 March 2020

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    • Deferral of Implementation of Announced Regulatory Policy Requirements_30 March 2020

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    • Implementation Guidelines Regarding the 6 Months Deferral_24 March 2020

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    • Implementation Guidelines Regarding the 6 Months Deferral_23 March 2020

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    • Real Estate Valuation Requirements_19 March 2020

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    • Upcoming General Meetings_19 March 2020

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    • Regulatory Measures to Contain the Financial Repercussions of the Covid-19_17 March 2020

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      • Real Estate Valuation Requirements_16 March 2020

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      • EDBS_Services Continuity Measures_12 March 2020

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      • Disinfection Instructions_11 March 2020

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      • Measures to Mitigate the Impact of Coronavirus on Customers_8 March 2020

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      • Directive: Prohibiting the Practice of Blocking Accounts upon Loss of Employment_8 March 2020

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      • Sharing of Data on Financing to Small and Medium Enterprises_8 March 2020

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      • Concessionary Measures To Mitigate The Impact of Coronavirus_5 March 2020

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      • Account Balance Feature in BenefitPav_4 March 2020

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      • Caps on Fees for Credit Facilities Provided to Individuals_27 February 2020

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      • Removal of Prior Approval Requirement in Business and Market Conduct Module (Module BC) for Advertisements on Financial Products and Services_26 February 2020

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      • Wage Protection Scheme_13 February 2020

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      • Monthly Escrow Account Data_27 January 2020

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      • Instructions for Publication of Press Releases Concerning Financial Results_14 January 2020

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      • Transition from LIBOR_14 January 2020

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      • Financial Reporting for VAT purposes_13 January 2020

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      • EDBS_e-KYC Project Implementation_12 January 2020

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      • Appendix BR-24 Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR) - Volume 1_9th January 2020

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      • Certificate of Capital Deposits for Companies_2 January 2020

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      • Revised Operational Risk Management Module (Module OM)_31 December 2019

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      • EDBS_KH_New Requirements in Module HC_29 December 2019

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      • CBB Regulatory Policy Initiatives for the banking industry for the year 2020_25 December 2019

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        • Re: Fund Transfers Within the Banks_28 November 2019

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          Click here to download the Appendix BC-7 of Retail Banks Standard Service Charges in PDF format.

        • Local Tokenization Project for Local Debit Cards_24 October 2019

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        • Issuance of the Amended Module TMA -Volume 6_2 October 2019

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        • Use of Monthly Flat Rate of Interest/Profit for Credit Facilities_24 September 2019

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        • SMS on Failed ATM/Point of Sale ("POS") Transactions_24 September 2019

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        • Interest charge computation on credit cards_4 September 2019

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        • Interest charge computation on credit cards_27 August 2019

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        • Contactless Payment Transactions_18 August 2019

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        • Proposed Requirements on Point of Sale (POS) Infrastructure_8 August 2019

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        • Wage Protection Scheme ("WPS")_22 July 2019

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        • Unclaimed Account Balances_10 July 2019

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        • Appendix BR-23 Liquidity Coverage Ratio Report (LCR) — Volume 1_4 July 2019

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        • Deleted

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        • Local Tokenization Project for Local Debit Cards_26 June 2019

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        • Agreed Upon Procedures for Module FC_19 June 2019

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        • Practices for charging profit on credit cards_13 June 2019

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        • Account Opening, Acceptance and Deposit of funds — Clubs and Youth Centres_23 May 2019

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        • Re: Open Banking - Additional Implementation Guidance_24 April 2019

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        • New Procedures for Opening Bank Accounts for Owner's Association_24 April 2019

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          • Exposures to Social Housing Schemes_23 April 2019

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          • Issuance of the Digital Financial Advice Rules_26 March 2019

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          • e-KYC Project Implementation_7 March 2019

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          • Regulations relating to 'Crypto-Assets'_21 February 2019

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            Click here to download the Definitions Module in PDF format.

          • Brokerage Fees in Bahrain_31 January 2019

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          • Clarification regarding treatment of Fixed Deposits_20 January 2019

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          • Compliance Chapter in Module HC — High-Level Controls_15 January 2019

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          • Agreed Upon Procedures for Module FC_13 January 2019

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          • Amendment to Appendices BR-20 and BR-21 under CBB Rulebook_9 January 2019

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          • Failed ATM/POS Terminal Transactions Resulting in Un-claimed Cash Resting with Licensees_30 December 2018

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          • VAT and Financial Services_25 December 2018

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          • Disclosure of information in credit card statements_24 December 2018

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          • CBB Regulatory Policy Initiatives for the banking industry for the year 2019_18 December 2018

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          • Regulations relating to 'Open Banking'_6 December 2018

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          • Circular Card Rounding off Transactions_22 November 2018

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          • Issuance of the Leverage Ratio Requirements_4 November 2018

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          • Amazon Web Services "AWS" Cloud Session_11 October 2018

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          • Drive-Thru ATMs_16 September 2018

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          • Fees on letter certifying the receipt of capital amount for companies under formation_13 September 2018

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          • BD-USD Exchange Rate on Cards_30 August 2018

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          • Use of Rule 78 on Early Repayment of Installment Financing Facilities_30 August 2018

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          • Account opening and funds collected by way of donations_29 August 2018

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          • Liquidity Risk Management Module_16 August 2018

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          • ATM Alert_15 August 2018

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          • Interest/profit charges on credit cards_15 August 2018

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          • Amendments to LR Module_12 August 2018

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          • Risk Management Related Modules_5 August 2018

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          • Failed ATM/POS Terminal Transactions Resulting in Un-Claimed Cash Resting with Licensees_31 May 2018

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          • Circular - Amendments to the Public Disclosure Module (PD)_17 May 2018

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          • Failed ATM/PoS Terminal Transactions Resulting in Un-claimed Cash Resting with Licensees_7 May 2018

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          • Amendments to the Operational Risk Management Module_29_April_2018

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          • Failed ATM/PoS Terminal Transactions Resulting in Un-claimed Cash Resting with Licensees_23 April 2018

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          • Re: Financial Penalties_15 April 2018

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          • Revised Form "Prudential Information Report" (PIR) for Conventional Banks_2 April 2018

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          • Implementation of Wage Protection System (WPS)_15 March 2018

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          • Compliance with the CBB Rules Applicable to Controllers_6 March 2018

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          • Compliance with the CBB Rules Applicable to Controllers_28 February 2018

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          • Issuance of new Internal Audit Requirements under the High Level Controls Module (Module HC)_13 February 2018

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          • New Requirements in the Operational Risk Management Module (OM)_13 February 2018

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          • CBB Regulatory Policy Initiatives for the Banking Industry for the Year 2018_31 January 2018

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          • Failed ATM/POS Terminal Transactions Resulting in Un-claimed Cash Resting with Licensees_11 January 2018

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          • Investing in Fintech_3 December 2017

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          • Wage Protection System Solution — Request for Proposal_25 September 2017

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          • Industry Feedback Open Bank Account for CUF_13 September 2017

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          • Amendments to Financial Crime Module (FC)_12 September 2017

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          • Amendments to Financial Crime Module (FC)_10 September 2017

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          • Amendments to Operational Risk Management Module_7 September 2017

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          • Amendment to the Regulatory Sandbox Framework_28 August 2017

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          • Amendments to CBB Reporting Requirements Module (BR)_28 August 2017

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          • Registration of Expatriate Staff with the Labour Market Regulatory Authority_27 July 2017

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          • Proposed Procedures for Opening bank accounts for Companies Under Formation_27 July 2017

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          • Protected Cell Companies_22 June 2017

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          • Investment Limited Partnerships_22 June 2017

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          • Trust Registration and Amendment Form_22 June 2017

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          • Country & Transfer Risks - Additional Section to Module CM_4 June 2017

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          • "Bahrain Trade" Initiative_30 May 2017

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          • Provision of data on Commodity Murabaha and Interbank Wakala_22 May 2017

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            Attachments
            Data Worksheet - Commodity Murabaha and Wakala View Document

          • Insurance Charges and Costs for Credit Facilities and Debit/Credit Cards_21 May 2017

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          • Cyber Security Forum & Expo_25 April 2017

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          • Directive Common Reporting Standards (CRS)_30 January 2017

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          • Implementation of Resolution No. (59) of 2011 — Registration of Pledges and Liens on Securities — and its amendment Resolution No. (30) of 2015_11 January 2017

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          • Onsite Inspection Process_10 January 2017

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          • CBB Regulatory Policy Initiatives for the banking industry for the year 2017_29 December 2016

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          • Guidelines for IFRS9 ECL Implementation by Banks and Financing Companies_28 December 2016

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          • Qualifications and Core Competencies for Controlled functions_14 December 2016

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          • Outsourcing of Functions Containing Customer Information_8 December 2016

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          • Electronic System for Commercial Licenses launched by the Ministry of Industry Commerce & Tourism ("MOICT")_16 November 2016

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          • Newly Issued Laws — Protected Cell Companies and Investment Limited Partnerships_6 November 2016

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          • Trust Law_6 November 2016

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          • Latest Version of Prudential Information Returns (PIR & PIRI)_30 October 2016

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          • Specialized Workshop on Cyber Security in Banks & Fintech_25 October 2016

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          • Serving the Disabled Customers_16 October 2016

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          • Third Annual Information Security Conference for the Financial Sector_3 October 2016

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          • New Appointment Notification_7 September 2016

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          • Transaction Advice_31 August 2016

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          • Implementation of Bahrain Credit Reference Bureau Code of Practice and Rules_22 August 2016

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          • Transaction Advice — Corporate Customer Accounts_21 August 2016

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          • Transaction Advice_28 July 2016

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          • US Dollar Parity Rate_4 July 2016

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          • Issuance of CRB Code of Practice_9 June 2016

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          • Outsourcing of Functions Containing Customer Information_9 June 2016

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          • Cyber Security Risk Management_1 June 2016

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          • Cyber Attacks on Critical IT Systems and Infrastructure_11 May 2016

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          • SMS Transaction Advice_28 April 2016

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          • Update of Appendix CA-18 and Amendments to Module CA: Bahrain Sovereign and Government Entities Eligible for Zero Risk Weighting_1 March 2016

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          • Reminder on Submission of Eligible Accounts Report_7 January 2016

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          • Amendments to the Central Bank and Financial Institutions Law No. (64) of the year 2006_27 December 2015

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          • Paid-up Capital Bank Certificates for the Establishment of Commercial Companies_27 December 2015

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          • New Electronic System for Commercial Licenses launched by the Ministry of Industry & Commerce ("MOIC")_27 December 2015

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          • Update of Appendix CA-18: Bahrain Sovereign and Government Entities Eligible for Zero Risk Weighting_16 November 2015

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          • IFRS 9: Quantitative Impact Assessment (QIA)_15 November 2015

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          • BIBF's Securities Market Regulation Certification Programme_30 September 2015

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          • Credit Check Reports Requested by Pensioners_27 August 2015

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          • Adoption of an Electronic Establishment of Registration Certificate By the Ministry of Industry & Commerce_6 May 2015

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          • Microsoft 'End of Lifecycle & Support for Windows Server 2003'_22 April 2015

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          • ATMs — Precautions During Formula One Period_9 April 2015

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          • Women in the Financial and Banking Sector 2015_31 March 2015

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          • Submission of the Quarterly Capital Adequacy Form_26 March 2015

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          • Specialized Workshop on Stress Testing & Capital Planning_24 March 2015

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          • Women in the Financial and Banking Sector_15 March 2015

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          • Clarification of Remuneration Rule and Guidance_19 February 2015

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          • Court Actions Taken Against Customers_16 February 2015

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          • Basel Committee Consultative Document: Revisions to the Standardised Approach for Credit Risk_10 February 2015

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          • Publication of Close-Out Netting Regulation_30 December 2014

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          • Reminder on Submission of Eligible Accounts Report_25 December 2014

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          • Changes in the Current Smart ID Cards_20 November 2014

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          • Monthly Progress Reports on Implementation of Basel III — Pillar I_18 September 2014

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          • Financial Advice Programme_24 July 2014

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          • Upgrade of ATMs and application software that run on Windows XP_28 April 2014

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          • Treatment of Interest or Profit in Suspense in the PIR and Published Financial Statements_17 April 2014

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          • Conventional Banks Contributions - Deposit & URIA Protection Scheme_26 March 2014

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          • Microsoft announces end of Lifecycle & Custom Support for its Windows XP operating systems_25 March 2014

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          • Private Placements of Securities Issued by or Promoted by Banks Licensed in Bahrain_24 March 2014

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            Attachments
            Private Placement Progress Report Letter for Real Estate and other Projects Under Development View PDF
            Private Placement Progress Report Letter for Private Equity purchases of existing companies View PDF

          • ATM During Formula One_17 March 2014

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          • Discriminatory Service Treatment Not Allowed_11 March 2014

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          • Questionnaire for significant IT Outsourcing_9 March 2014

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          • Compliance with Resolution No. (16) 2012_25 December 2013

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          • Skimming Frauds at ATMs_11 December 2013

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          • Module TC Volumes 1 and 2 Amendment_9 December 2013

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          • Sound remuneration practices for Licensed Banks_26 November 2013

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            Glossary terms View PDF
            Module BR Remuneration Changes View PDF
            Details of Remuneration Paid App BR-14 View PDF
            Module AU Remuneration Changes View PDF
            Module HC Remuneration Changes View PDF
            Module PD Remuneration Changes View PDF
            Remuneration Top 12 App BR-15 View PDF

          • BIS Consultative Document — "Fundamental review of the trading book — second consultative document"_18 November 2013

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          • Nomination of bank's representatives to participate in the Eleventh Banking Conference (Abu Dhabi 4–5 November 2013)_6 October 2013

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          • Non-Resident Accounts_9 September 2013

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          • Deposits from Private Security Firms Operating in the Kingdom of Bahrain_5 September 2013

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          • Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)_29 August 2013

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          • Automated Teller Machines_21 August 2013

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          • Recent cases of fraud in auto finance_24 July 2013

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          • Treasury Master Agreements and IIFM Interbank Unrestricted Master Investment Wakalah Agreement_10 July 2013

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          • Promotion of and participation in educational scholarships and bursaries by licensees of the CBB_3 July 2013

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          • Suspicious Transaction Reports Online System (STRs)_25 June 2013

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          • Extension of Bahrain Credit Reference Bureau ("BCRB") Services to Cover Corporates_13 June 2013

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          • Basel 3 Implementation Plan_12 June 2013

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          • Written Communications with the Banking Supervision Staff at the Central Bank of Bahrain — Use of Electronic Files_30 May 2013

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          • Electronic Submission of Returns and Analysis of Data (ESRAD)_20 May 2013

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          • Outsourcing of Card Business and Electronic/Internet Banking Services_19 May 2013

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          • Internet Security Measures_16 May 2013

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          • The official adoption of the GCC States Identity Card_24 March 2013

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          • Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)_19 February 2013

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          • Change in Due Date and Payment for CBB Annual License Fees_4 December 2012

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          • Basel 3 Proforma Reporting_27 November 2012

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          • Sale of Insurance Products_16 September 2012

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          • New Basel Committee Consultative Document: Margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives_30 July 2012

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          • Secured Lending Baseline Survey for the AMF_11 July 2012

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          • Press Releases Concerning Financial Statements 5 July 2012

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          • Benefits received by Approved Persons 5 July 2012

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          • Advertisements for retail Banking Products and Services 4 July 2012

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          • Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA")_21 May 2012

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          • Public Disclosure of Quarterly Financial Statements — Module PD-3

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          • Request for Information on Disclosures related to Corporate Governance

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          • Transaction Advice and Internet Security

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          • Arrangements for Retired Customers' Financing Facilities

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          • Interest/Profit Rates, Commissions, Fees & Other Charges on Products & Services

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          • Delivery of Date Sensitive Documents at the CBB

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          • Appointment of Independent Director

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          • Appointment of Independent Director

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          • Financial Advice Programme_22 June 2011

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          • Financial Advice Programme

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          • Publication of Financial Statements

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          • Disbursement of BD1000 Grant to Bahraini Families

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          • Implementation of the Corporate Governance requirements in the High Level Controls Module (HC) and Public Disclosure Module (PD)

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          • Disbursement of BD1000 Grant to Bahraini Families

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          • BCRB's Retention of Adverse Customer Data

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          • "Basel 3" - Quantitative Impact Assessment

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          • Circular - Business Card Requirements - Conventional Retail Banks

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          • Circular - Business Card Requirements - Conventional Wholesale Banks

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          • Circular - FCB Working Week

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