Development Bank System off to partial start

The Development Bank System (SBD) will start to function in December, but a great part of it is still incomplete and will take at least six months to complete.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Government confirmed that the system will start with the Nacional, Popular and Credito Agricola de Cartago banks. The last of these three will administrate two of the main funds of the SBD.

These banks have already started the accreditation process with the Regulatory Council (SBD coordinator) and there are two more petitions in progress (from the Coocique and the Coopealianza cooperatives).

However, at this stage the banks have not yet defined the requirements that potential clients must meet in order to have access to the loans and the Regulatory Council does not know what interest rates it will charge.

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Costa Rica: Development Bank to start in December

November 2008

Farmers, entrepreneurs and professionals will be able to present their proposals to compete for part of the $84 million that the Government made available to start the fund.

In December the interested parties will be able to go to the National and Agricultural Credit banks, the minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Javier Flores, said.

Costa Rica: $320 million Still Unused

May 2012

Changes to the law on development banking have suffered a delay of 5 months, which has prevented the use of $320 million.

Delays to the expected legislative changes to the Law of the System for Banking Development (SBD) now add up to 5 months.

The opposition blames the government for not having pushed a review of the reforms to a special commission.

Development Banking Requirements Made More Flexible

April 2013

The definition of the conditions and requirements for customers will be the responsibility of each entity, as determined in its policies and risk analysis.

The National Council of Financial System Supervision (CONASSIF) approved from Tuesday, 15 to 10 changes to the standard established by the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (SUGEF) under the Regulation for qualifying borrowers with resources granted by the Banking System Development Act 8634, which states: "It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors or equivalent governing body of each financial institution, to approve the policies, processes and controls which will be used to identify, measure and manage the risks associated with credit operations, and resources granted by the Banking System Development Act 8634 ".

Costa Rica: Development Banking Still Stuck

September 2011

The reform proposal submitted by the Government does not have the full backing of the Legislative Assembly.

The way that resources obtained from the banking system are to be used is the main point that could further delay the implementation of the system of development banking (SBD in Spanish), which aims to provide financing to small and medium enterprises who do not have access today to traditional bank loans.

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