Risk Management

Role of the Commission

The Commission's responsibilities in respect of the Bank’s balance sheet relate primarily to the discretionary investment assets and the Bank’s financial buffers. The Commission is responsible for determining the strategic parameters for the Bank’s investment assets. 

In this way, the Commission, and the Risk Committee of the Commission are supported, via delegated authority for different items, by the Risk Management Committee (RMC), and the Financial Risk Working Group (FRWG).

Role of the Organisational Risk Division

The Organisational Risk Division, as second line of defence, is responsible for defining the risk management policies in addition to assessing and monitoring financial risks, consistent with the Bank’s risk appetite. The Central Bank defines the investment limit frameworks, conducts collateral due diligence, monitors both monetary and investment policy compliance, and assesses current and emerging risks within the Central Bank’s Balance Sheet. The Organisational Risk Division is also responsible for managing operational, enterprise and business continuity risks.

The Organisational Risk Division is operationally independent of the risk-taking divisions in the Central Bank, and supports and advises the relevant governance bodies of the Central Bank.

In addition to the work performed by the Organisational Risk Division, the Central Bank’s investment management and monetary policy operations are audited by the Central Bank’s Internal Audit Division, the Central Bank’s external auditors, as well as the Comptroller and Auditor General. The monetary policy operations are also audited by the ECB’s external auditors.

The Central Bank’s key financial risk exposures are;