Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

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Origin. Founded on 17 May 1930, the Bank for International Settlements is the world’s oldest international financial organization.

Activities. The BIS fosters international monetary and financial co-operation and serves as a bank for central banks. It acts as a forum to promote discussion and policy analysis among central banks and within the international financial community, a centre for economic and monetary research and an agent or trustee in connection with international financial operations.

As its customers are central banks and international organizations, the BIS does not accept deposits from, or provide financial services to, private individuals or corporate entities.

The head office is in Basle, Switzerland, and there are representative offices in Hong Kong and Mexico City.

  • Representative Office for Asia and the Pacific: 78th Floor, Two International Finance Centre, 8 Finance St., Central, Hong Kong SAR, People’s Republic of China.

    Representative Office for the Americas: Torre Chapultepec, Rubén Dario 281, Col. Bosque de Chapultepec, 11580 México, D. F., Mexico.

  • Headquarters: Centralbahnplatz 2, CH-4051 Basle, Switzerland.

  • Website:

  • Email:

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors: Jens Weidmann (Germany).

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