LAHORE: State Bank of Pakistan hosted a seminar on ‘Internal Audit:
Emerging Challenges and Effective Practices in Central Banks’ under
the aegis of SAARCFINANCE Forum at National Institute of Banking and
Finance, Islamabad during 27-29 March 2019. Besides Pakistan,
officials from SAARC central banks participated in the event.
Mr. Qasim Nawaz, Executive Director, SBP inaugurated the seminar.
While addressing the inaugural session, he stated that until a few
years back, business process reengineering was at the core of
innovation in banks. While advancements in technology have further
transformed the horizon of financial services, these innovations are
also raising challenges of their own. Adding further, he stated
that the Board and the senior management of State Bank are cognizant
of the need to align its internal operations to the changing
environment, and to promote innovation in the financial sector in
a regulated environment.
Mr. Horst Simon, the keynote speaker of the event, discussing
technological risks faced by business around the world, highlighted
the importance of risk culture inculcated within the organization. He
emphasised on the roles and responsibilities of board, senior
management and the employees to maintain a robust risk management
The seminar was also addressed by Mr. Zayeem Bin Alam, Senior
Manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. Zayeem discussed the risks of cyber security, social media, data
privacy and third party risks and offered an IT auditor’s perspective
of how to address those risks by discussing controls.
Syed Sohail Javaad, Director Payment Systems Department shared the on
going developments about digital payments, their importance,
evolution, the benefits of disruptive technologies to regulators, the
emerging risks and appropriate responses to them from the perspective
of internal audit. Apart from these speakers, the delegates of the
central banks also presented their country
papers for the information of the audience.