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Bank for International Settlements (BIS)
Headquarter: Basel, Switzerland

About BIS

BIS's mission is to serve central banks in their pursuit of monetary and financial stability, to foster international cooperation in those areas and to act as a bank for central banks.

The BIS is owned by 60 central banks, representing countries from around the world that together account for about 95% of world GDP. Its head office is in Basel, Switzerland and it has two representative offices: in Hong Kong SAR and in Mexico City.

BIS pursues its mission by:

  • fostering discussion and facilitating collaboration among central banks
  • supporting dialogue with other authorities that are responsible for promoting financial stability
  • carrying out research and policy analysis on issues of relevance for monetary and financial stability
  • acting as a prime counterparty for central banks in their financial transactions
  • serving as an agent or trustee in connection with international financial operations

As part of its work in the area of monetary and financial stability, BIS regularly publishes related analyses and international banking and financial statistics that underpin policymaking, academic research and public debate.

BIS's customers are central banks and international organisations.

Work at BIS

The BIS offers a unique global insight, in a culturally diverse environment. We are a small, closely knit organisation with a global team of some 600 people from over 60 countries. We foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing both inside and outside the organisation, and play a valuable part in supporting central bank cooperation.

Our modest size makes it easy for staff to collaborate and exchange ideas with colleagues in different units and managers at different levels. We have close links to the world's leading central banks and financial regulatory authorities, as well as academia. Our people enjoy exposure to ideas and projects beyond their immediate specialty.

Basel, Switzerland
Type of Organization
International Financial Institutions
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