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Location: Central Bank of Bahrain Volume 3—Insurance > Part A > High Level Standards > HC High-Level Controls > HC-1 The Board > HC-1.4 Decision Making Process
  • HC-1.4 Decision Making Process

    • HC-1.4.1

      The Board must be collegial and deliberative, to gain the benefit of each individual director's judgment and experience.

      January 2011

    • HC-1.4.2

      The chairman must take an active lead in promoting mutual trust, open discussion, constructive dissent and support for decisions after they have been made.

      January 2011

    • HC-1.4.3

      The Board must meet frequently but in no event less than four times a year. All directors must attend the meetings whenever possible and the directors must maintain informal communication between meetings.

      January 2011

    • HC-1.4.4

      Individual board members must attend at least 75% of all Board meetings in a given financial year to enable the Board to discharge its responsibilities effectively (see table below). Voting and attendance proxies for board meetings are prohibited at all times.

      Meetings per year 75% Attendance requirement
      4 3
      5 4
      6 5
      7 5
      8 6
      9 7
      10 8
      Amended: April 2011
      January 2011

    • HC-1.4.4A

      The absence of Board members at Board and committee meetings must be noted in the meeting minutes. In addition, Board attendance percentage must be reported during any general assembly meeting when Board members stand for re-election (e.g. Board member XYZ attended 95% of scheduled meetings this year).

      Added: April 2011

    • HC-1.4.4B

      In the event that a Board member has not attended at least 75% of Board meetings in any given financial year, the insurance licenseeG must immediately notify the CBB indicating which member has failed to satisfy this requirement, his level of attendance and any mitigating circumstances affecting his non-attendance. The CBB shall then consider the matter and determine whether disciplinary action, including disqualification of that Board member pursuant to Article 65 of the CBB Law, is appropriate. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, it is likely that the CBB will take disciplinary action.

      Amended: January 2012
      Added: April 2011

    • HC-1.4.5

      To meet its obligations under Rule HC-1.4.3 above, the Board should meet preferably no less than four times per year. The CBB recommends that meetings should take place once every quarter to address the Board's responsibilities for management oversight and performance monitoring. Furthermore, Board rules should require members to step down if they are not actively participating in Board meetings. Board members are reminded that non attendance at board meetings does not absolve them of their responsibilities as directors. It is important that each individual director should allocate adequate time and effort to discharge his responsibilities. All Directors are expected to contribute actively to the work of the Board in order to discharge their responsibilities and should make every effort to attend board meetings where major issues are to be discussed. Insurance licenseesG are encouraged to amend their Articles of Association to provide for telephonic and videoconference meetings. Participation in board meetings by means of video or telephone conferencing is regarded as attendance and may be recorded as such.

      Amended: April 2011
      January 2011

    • HC-1.4.6

      At least half the Board meetings of Bahraini insurance licenseesG in any twelve-month period must be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

      January 2011

    • HC-1.4.7

      The chairman must ensure that all directors receive an agenda, minutes of prior meetings, and adequate background information in writing before each Board meeting and when necessary between meetings. All directors must receive the same Board information. At the same time, directors have a legal duty to inform themselves and they must ensure that they receive adequate and timely information and must study it carefully.

      January 2011

    • HC-1.4.8

      The Board must also maintain adequate records of its meetings, such that key decisions and how they are arrived at can be traced.

      January 2011

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