The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
This Technical Note presents an assessment of safety nets and crisis management arrangements in El Salvador. In El Salvador, the bank safety net-emergency liquidity assistance, resolution, and deposit insurance-faces particular challenges given that it operates in the context of official dollarization. To address systemic liquidity risk in the context of official dollarization, the Banco Central de Reservas should be provided with more powers and funds to provide emergency liquidity assistance to banks. The bank resolution plan, which has not been tested, and the deposit insurance fund, which has insufficient funds, both need to be strengthened. The authorities should also consider making the necessary changes to the banking law to strengthen the resolution and depositor insurance frameworks, as well as issuing the necessary regulations and guidelines.