28 December 2001
The Chief Executive
All authorized institutions
I am pleased to inform you that, following consultation with the industry, the Monetary Authority is issuing two modules of the SPM today.
The module on "Establishment of Overseas Banking Subsidiaries: §51A", a statutory guideline issued under section §7(3) of the Banking Ordinance, applies only to locally incorporated authorized institutions ("AIs") while the module on "Outsourcing" is issued as a guidance note and applies to all AIs.
We are grateful for the input provided on these modules by the two industry Associations and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in respect of the issue of data privacy in the latter module.
The modules will take immediate effect. The HKMA expects AIs to make every effort to comply with the minimum requirements stipulated or follow the best practices recommended, where applicable to them, in these modules. The HKMA will monitor AIs' compliance with the modules through regular off-site reviews and on-site examinations.
On-line access to the above modules is available under the icon of "Supervisory Policy Manual" in the HKMA's public (http://www.info.gov.hk/hkma/eng/bank/spma/index.htm) and private (http://www.hkfin.net) web-sites.
Should you have any questions relating to the Manual or the individual modules, please feel free to contact either me or Ms Michelle Quek on 2878-8218.
Executive Director (Banking Policy)