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An Evaluation of the Risk Management Practices of Commercial Banks in North Cyprus


  • Kesjana Halili

    () (General Department of Budget, Ministry of Finance, Albania)

  • Hatice Jenkins

    () (Department of Banking and Finance, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus)


The important role that an effective risk management system plays in ensuring banks’ profitability and continuity is widely proven. The Basel II guidelines, which will soon be applied internationally requires that banks and other financial institutions have a comprehensive risk management framework in place in order to effectively deal with all the risks inherent in banking. This study evaluates the risk management practices of banks in North Cyprus. Given the absence of a political settlement in Cyprus where the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus is not recognized by any other country except Turkey, banks in North Cyprus do not feel obligated to adopt the principles of Basel I and Basel II. Even after a major financial crisis between 2000 and 2001, a significant number of banks still do not have internal auditors and do not conduct integrated risk management. Our survey found that, in 2006 only 43% of the banks in North Cyprus were aware of Basel II, while the rest have almost no knowledge about it. A settlement of the Cyprus problem would require the banking sector in North Cyprus, to come into compliance with the Basel II principles and operate in a more prudent fashion.

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  • Kesjana Halili & Hatice Jenkins, 2010. "An Evaluation of the Risk Management Practices of Commercial Banks in North Cyprus," Development Discussion Papers 2010-01, JDI Executive Programs.
  • Handle: RePEc:qed:dpaper:251

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    1. F. Gulcin Ozkan, 2005. "Currency and Financial Crises in Turkey 2000-2001: Bad Fundamentals or Bad Luck?," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 28(4), pages 541-572, April.
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    Risk management; banking risks; risk management techniques; banking;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages


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