AFCA (Asian Financial Cooperation Association) was established in May 2017 and is strongly supported by the Chinese government and China Banking Association. It promotes One Belt and One Road initiative by seeking financial connectivity in Eurasian countries. AFCA is devoted to building an exchange and cooperation platform for Asian financial institutions, strengthening exchanges among regional financial organisations and financial resources integration, jointly safeguarding regional financial stability, and supporting the development of real economy in the region.
Business and Industry Advisory Committee to OECD) speaks for business at the OECD. Established
in 1962, it stands for policies that enable businesses of all sizes to
contribute to growth, economic development, and prosperity. Through BIAC,
national business and employers federations and their members provide expertise
to the OECD and governments for competitive economies, better business, and
better lives. WSBI joined the Associate Expert Groups (AEG) of BIAC in December
The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) defines itself as the most experienced and authoritative think tank operating in the European Union, EU. CEPS serves as a leading forum for debate on EU affairs, but its most distinguishing feature lies in its strong in-house research capacity, complemented by an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world. CEPS’ funding is obtained from a variety of sources, including membership fees, project research, foundation grants, conferences fees, publication sales and an annual grant from the European Commission.
Child and Youth Finance International, CYFI, leads the world’s largest movement dedicated to enhancing the financial capabilities of children and youth. Launched in April 2012, the Movement has already spread to over 100 countries and has reached more than 18 million children. CYFI leverages expertise and innovation from within its network of global organizations. Its partners and supporters include financial authorities and some of the world’s leading financial institutions, international NGOs, multilateral and bilateral organizations, foundations, renowned academics, and of course, children. WSBI and CYFI signed a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2015 with the objective to collaborate to empower children and youth aged 8-30 years around the world, particularly those who are vulnerable and marginalized, by increasing their financial, social, and livelihoods capability and improving their access to appropriate financial services so as to build their assets and invest in their own futures. WSBI is a board member of Child and Youth Finance International.
WSBI has been a member of the European Banking and Financial Services Training Assocation (EBTN) since 2010. The mission of EBTN is to create professional education standards and enhance both European and international relations and alliances. Its objectives include: to promote the ethical and professional development of employees and a high quality approach to education and training; to develop common European frameworks and standards; to create added value for members and facilitate the sharing of good practices; to organise events and projects and promote research within the financial services sector; to liaise with the European Union, EU, authorities and other organisations involved in the European financial services sector.
The European Banking Institute, based in Frankfurt, is an international centre for banking studies resulting from the joint venture of Europe’s preeminent academic institutions which have decided to share and coordinate their commitments and structure their research activities in order to provide the highest quality legal, economic and accounting studies in the field of banking regulation, banking supervision and banking resolution in Europe. The EBI is structured to promote the dialogue between scholars, regulators, supervisors, industry representatives and advisors in relation to issues concerning the regulation and supervision of financial institutions and financial markets from a legal, economic and any other related viewpoint.
The European Banking Industry Committee (EBIC), of which ESBG is a member, aims to allow the representatives of the European banking industry to:
The European Financial Inclusion Netork (EFIN) is a coalition of European stakeholders (institutions and individuals) involved in financial inclusion and democratic interaction from key actors in society that have an interest in financial inclusion. The aim is to increase and format available data & develop use of indicators to monitor financial exclusion, to provide regular assessment of financial inclusion based on available indicators and to identify and evaluate policy measures with a positive impact on financial inclusion and to highlight the impact of financial inclusion policies on wider social inclusion.
The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) was established 2001 by a broad group of organisations, including ESBG. representing the European accounting profession, preparers, users, and national standard-setters. Its main objective is to influence the international debate on accounting matters from a European perspective. It provides input into the development of international financial reporting standards, IFRS, issued by the international accounting standards board, IASB, so as to ensure that the resulting standards and interpretations are appropriate for use in Europe. It also provides the European Commission with technical expertise and advice on the technical quality of IFRS that the European Commission decides to consider for endorsement.
The European Microfinance Network promotes microfinance in the European Union, assisting the fight against social and financial exclusion. EMN is active in supporting microenterprises and self-employment, through its Members, in lobbying activities at EU level and in raising awareness of the need to build European legislative and regulatory frameworks that foster a sound microfinance market. ESBG is a member of the EMN with partnership status and collaborates on an ongoing basis with this network regarding the promotion of mutual activities, and particularly, leveraging microfinance by fostering the engagement of savings and retail banks in the provision of microcredits in Europe.
The European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), of which WSBI is a Board member, was founded formally in 2006 with just 20 members. Nine years later e-MFP has become a growing network of about 130 organisations and individuals active in the area of microfinance. It aims to promote cooperation amongst European microfinance bodies working in developing countries, by facilitating communication, high level discussion and exchange of information. Its current main activities are an annual European Microfinance Week, a European Micro Finance Award promoting innovation in the microfinance sector, a number of Action Groups focusing on a specific area within microfinance as well as some 20 publications annually on the hottest topics in the sector.
The European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum (EPFSF) aims to facilitate and strengthen the exchange of information on financial services and Europe's financial markets between the financial industry and Members of the European Parliament. The current Chair is MEP Balz.
ESBG is one of the founding institutions of the European Payments Council (EPC), established in 2002 by the banking industry to formulate and implement the Single Euro Payments Area (“SEPA”) project. In 2014, EPC completed an overhaul of its governance and organisation, formalising 2 activity streams: 1) the maintenance and evolution of the pan-European credit transfer and direct debit schemes that it has created: 2) work on mainly innovation topics and promoting greater efficiency in cash handling. This latter work stream is open to credit and payment institutions and their associations on a voluntary basis.
The Euro Retail Payments Board (ERPB), which replaces the SEPA Council, was launched on 19 December 2013. The objective of the ERPB is to contribute to and to facilitate the further development of an integrated, innovative and competitive market for euro retail payments in the EU by: identifying and studying technical, behavioural and legal obstacles in – but not limited to – (i) credit transfer payments, (ii) direct debit payments, (iii) card payments, (iv) internet payments, (v) mobile payments and (vi) payments-related horizontal issues; identifying and pursuing ways to address these obstacles; identifying and pursuing ways to foster innovation, competition and integration in retail payments in euro in the EU.
FAIB (the Fédération des Associations Européennes et Internationales établies en Belgique) was founded in 1949 to draw attention to the existence of international associations in Belgium and to the need of facilitating their activities. It is a not-for-profit apolitical organisation that represents international associations from all walks of life. While preserving its initial denomination, the word “European” was added to its name in 2004 to emphasize the European nature of the majority of its members.
Established as a knowledge center for data, research and best practice in promoting SME finance, the SME Finance Forum works to expand access to finance for small and medium businesses. The Forum operates a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. WSBI is a founding member since 2015.
The European Money and Finance Forum (SUERF) was established on 25 November 1963 in France by a group of academics and bankers from France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium. SUERF is an independent not-for-profit European association designed to create an active network between professional economists, financial practitioners, central bankers and academics for the analysis and mutual understanding of monetary and financial issues. This is to be achieved by international activities focused on colloquia’s, seminars, lectures, different publications and the sponsoring of research.