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International Affairs

Last Updated: March 6, 2023

Mission Statement

The International Affairs Branch (IAB) helps lead the Corporation's efforts to promote sound bank supervision, deposit insurance, and resolution principles globally. IAB coordinates the FDIC's subject matter expertise to address global financial issues of importance to the deposit insurance system and the banking public and to provide the highest quality technical assistance, training and consulting services to foreign deposit insurers, bank supervisors and resolution authorities. The branch serves as a central point for all international related activities, including guidance for traveling internationally on behalf of the FDIC.

International Seminars

The FDIC offers a variety of programs, both in-person and virtual, for participants with varying levels of experience in the areas of deposit insurance, bank supervision, and bank resolution. Additional information about our current offerings, program descriptions, and applicant profiles can be found on the International Seminars pages.

The International Program Consists of the Following Major Areas:

  • Technical Assistance Program is designed to provide on-site training, expert consultation, and examination and resolutions assistance to foreign bank supervisory authorities, deposit insurers, foreign central banks, and other foreign government agencies to enhance the development of foreign banking systems, bank supervisory framework, deposit insurance system, and to promote the exchange of information between the U.S. and other countries. Technical assistance is defined as work that is done for the benefit of a foreign country or group of countries that requires participation by FDIC staff in that country. Sponsoring organizations and entities are the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Department of the Treasury, the State Department, the Financial Services Volunteer Corps, and USAID.
  • Foreign Visitor Program is designed for officials from foreign banking authorities seeking information about the U.S. banking system and the FDIC in order to develop and educate their staff and to exchange information. The duration of the foreign visits can range from a few hours to several days. A key aspect of the Program includes pre-planning with the foreign official to clarify the nature of the visit, develop an agenda with the appropriate FDIC subject matter experts and to provide the administrative assistance for a productive meeting.
  • Foreign Examiner Training Program has been developed to provide appropriate, constructive assistance and technical training to foreign banking authorities that are committed to developing and maintaining a highly skilled examiner work force. Under this program, officials from foreign central banks and supervisory authorities may participate in specific FDIC examiner training schools held at the FDIC's facilities near Washington D.C.
  • International Leadership Program fosters improved relationships with international financial associations in providing leadership and guidance in the global banking, deposit insurance and financial services area. This involves providing technical assistance and administrative support, assuming leadership positions in international financial associations and both attending and conducting international conferences on emerging issues. This program includes the FDIC's strategic associations such as the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI). and Association of Supervisors of Banks of the Americas (ASBA).