RBI Partners with McKinsey and Accenture to Harness AI for Regulatory Oversight

K. C. Sabreena Basheer 14 Aug, 2023 • 3 min read

In a move signaling a significant shift in regulatory supervision, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has teamed up with global consultancy powerhouses McKinsey and Company India LLP and Accenture Solutions Pvt Ltd India. The collaboration aims to revolutionize the RBI’s supervisory functions by utilizing the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) & machine learning (ML). This partnership seeks to leverage cutting-edge technologies to analyze extensive databases and drive informed decisions. It aims at enhancing regulatory supervision over both banks as well as non-banking financial companies (NBFCs),

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RBI to use the power of AI and ML for supervising banking functions.

The Evolution of Supervisory Techniques

Recognizing the potential of advanced analytics, AI, and ML, the RBI embarked on a journey to refine its supervisory methodologies. In September last year, the RBI invited expressions of interest (EoI) from consultancy firms to explore the integration of AI and ML into its supervisory functions. This move signaled the RBI’s intention to embrace technology-driven solutions for enhancing regulatory oversight.

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The Chosen Path: McKinsey and Accenture

From a pool of seven distinguished applicants, two firms emerged as the chosen pathfinders for this transformative endeavor: McKinsey and Company India LLP and Accenture Solutions Pvt Ltd India. These seasoned experts will collaborate with the RBI to harness the power of AI and ML, marking a watershed moment in the regulatory landscape.

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RBI has partnered with global consultancy powerhouses McKinsey and Accenture to supervise the bank's functions using the power of AI and ML.

Unleashing the Potential: AI and ML for Regulatory Excellence

While AI and ML have been employed in the RBI’s supervisory processes previously, this collaboration aims to elevate the application of these technologies. The RBI intends to broaden its usage to ensure that the Department of Supervision reaps the benefits of advanced analytics. This bold step underscores the RBI’s commitment to embracing innovation to foster financial stability and protect depositors’ interests.

McKinsey and Accenture to use AI and ML to supervise RBI's functions.

The Promise of AI and ML

The Department of Supervision, tasked with evaluating financial soundness, solvency, governance frameworks, and more, seeks to delve into the treasure trove of data to extract insights that can drive enhanced supervisory inputs. Applying AI and ML technologies promises to uncover hidden patterns and comprehensively understand the attributes that influence regulatory oversight.

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A Global Shift: AI and ML in Regulatory Landscape

The RBI’s collaboration with McKinsey and Accenture mirrors a broader global trend in regulatory and supervisory authorities. Known as ‘suptech’ and ‘regtech,’ these authorities are adopting AI and ML techniques to bolster their regulatory and supervisory activities. From real-time data reporting to sophisticated data analytics, AI and ML are spearheading a transformation in how regulatory oversight is conducted.

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Our Say

As the RBI embraces the capabilities of AI and ML, it sets forth on a path of innovation and transformation. This collaboration focuses on financial stability and safeguarding the interests of depositors. It comes with great potential to redefine how regulatory oversight is carried out. The RBI, McKinsey, and Accenture partnership heralds a new era where technology enables more informed, effective, and efficient regulatory practices.

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