Confirmed at ANNA’s General Meeting, Guatemala, December 1st & 2nd, 2022
London, 7th December 2022 – The Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA), a global association dedicated to the support of efficient capital markets through the use of widely embraced International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standards, today announced that Barbados Central Securities Depository Inc has joined the Association of National Numbering Agencies as a full member. This was confirmed at ANNA’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), hosted in Guatemala, December 1st & 2nd, 2022, by the National Numbering Agency (NNA), Bolsa de Valores Nacional, S.A.
In addition to Barbados transitioning to full member, Banque Centrale du Congo and International Financial Services Centres (IFSC), India, were confirmed as partners. ANNA’s membership continues to grow, with Barbados joining bringing the figure to 100 full members and 20 additional partners allocating ISIN, FISN and CFI codes for more than 200 jurisdictions. Currently, there are more than 85 million ISINs and related information available worldwide.
Dr Janio Rosales, Minister of Economy in Guatemala’s government delivered a keynote speech, highlighting the importance of standards in transforming capital markets. There were also discussions on ANNAs strategy as well as on membership matters and reports from the ANNA working groups, the status of ISO and ISO standards including sessions on CFI (ISO 10962) and FISN (ISO 18774) revisions, as well as the ANNA Service Bureau
Dan Kuhnel, Chairman of ANNA, said, “We are delighted to have held such a successful General Meeting, and the time we spend together as NNAs and as members of ANNA is invaluable to ensure that we continue to build on all the good work that we have achieved to date towards further interoperability in the global financial markets. This year has been extra special for us as we are celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of ANNA, so it is particularly wonderful to welcome Barbados, the Congo, and IFSC India who all joined our standards association community. We look forward to moving into the next phase of standards collaboration in 2023.”
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The Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) is a global member association seeking to foster standardisation within the financial industry by upholding the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) principles and by promoting ISIN, FISN and CFI codes for financial instruments. This is achieved through ongoing, collaborative work with market participants, regulators and other standards bodies.
Under ANNA’s stewardship, the role of the ISIN in enabling global financial communications has been established worldwide. Founded in 1992 by 22 numbering agencies, today ANNA’s membership continues to grow, with more than 120 global members and partners allocating ISIN, FISN and CFI codes on behalf of their local jurisdictions. By putting in place rigorous governance around the development, allocation and sharing of ISIN, FISN and CFI codes, ANNA helps facilitate open, transparent markets diminishing barriers to access, while protecting the integrity of the standards. As a result, ISIN has become the recognised global standard for unique identification for all types of financial and referential instruments, helping to connect and protect global markets.
In addition, ANNA has established the Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB), a fully automated global numbering agency to meet the specific operational and regulatory requirements of the over-the-counter derivatives markets.
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