Central Bank of Oman


Central Bank of Oman

Infobox Company
company_name = Central Bank of Oman
company_type = Bank
foundation = (1974)
location = Oman
industry = Finance and Insurance
products = Banking
homepage = [http://www.cbo-oman.org/ www.cbo-oman.org]

The Central Bank of Oman was established in December 1974 and began operations on 1st April 1975. It replaced the Oman Currency Board as the principal currency authority in Oman.

The Central Bank of Oman is responsible for maintaining the stability of the national currency the Omani Rial and ensuring monetary and financial stability in a deregulated and open financial system. The capital base of the CBO which was one million Omani Rials at the commencement of operations in 1975, was strengthened over time and since April 2002 has remained at R0300 million. At the end of 2005, CBO's assets/liabilities totalled RO 1826.4 million.

The Omani banking system has experienced several mergers since the 1990s and as a result the number of of the commercial banks improved to reach 18.5 percent in 2005.

The Sultanate has made significant progress in implementing the new capital Adequacy criteria laid down in the Basel-II Accord. The adoption of Basel II would transform the current approaches and tools of supervision of the CBO as well as the audit and risk management practices of banks.

The CBO also administers and participates in the financing of a Bank deposit insurance system, which provides the commercial banks with a high level of security for deposits, while cushioning the effects of any unforeseen circumstances. The CBO also has an early warning system for commercial banks that enables it topredict possible financial crises and take preventive action when necessary.

The various monetary policy instruments under the CBO's command could be broadly categorized into indirect measures and direct measures. Indirect policy (market oriented) measures include open market operations involving the buying and selling of securities, issuance of Central Bank's own securities, swaps etc. CD auctions are the main open market type operations conducted by CBO to absorb Omani Rial liquidity and banks can repossess these CDs to acquire liquidity both in the inter-bank market as well as the CBO. Direct monetary policy instruments used by the CBO are mainly in the form of reserve requirements and lending ratios .

The CBO has put in place an efficient and advanced payment and settlement system in Oman. launch of the Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) was the first milestone and went into live operations on 28 September 2005.

ee also

*Oman
*Economy of Oman

External links

* [http://www.cbo-oman.org Central Bank of Oman]


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