While financial regulators want to increase the quality of banks' management with better qualified managers, a bill intends to reduce the demands of professionalism for a "popular" bank.
The intention of six members in reforming the Organic Law of the People's Bank (Banco Popular) and Community Development (BPCD) is to increase control of the union on the bank's management which is "... moving away from sound banking practices and is worrying not only from a point of view of financial supervision, but because it jeopardizes the savings of workers" according to the statement by the National Council of financial System supervision (Conassif) published by La Nacion.
The criticism attracted by the latest "commercial" venture by the State Bank of Costa Rica should not stick to just the surface of the fairytale castle and pink marketing campaign, but should go to the heart of the concept of state banks, which today have degenerated into simple banking institutions with commercial privileges.
This is precisely what Sebastian Hernandez does in his lucid analysis of the launch of the new brand Banca Kristal in new branches of Banco de Costa Rica, an exclusive service for women, and one which is painted pink.
Two private banks account for 81% of the 5767 bank agents operating in the country, which in the last three years have increased their presence by 40%.
As of June 30, 2015, 5767 agents are operating , 9.4% more than in the same period in 2014, according to the Superintendency of Banks. "... Five banks have a banking agents system : Banco G & T Continental has 48.5% of these agents, Banrural 33%, BI 17.65%, followed far behind by Banco de Crédito (0.66%) and Banco Promérica (0.19%). "
Citigroup today announced strategic actions to accelerate the transformation of its Global Consumer Banking (GCB) to focusing on those markets where it has the largest scale and growth potential. As a result, Citigroup intends to exit its consumer businesses in 11 markets. The new consumer banking footprint will serve 57 million customers in 24 markets which capture more than 95% of the existing revenue base in GCB, while further simplifying operations and improving performance.
The National Bank of Costa offers 250 services at 500 local small businesses.
Using the internet, business owners at pharmacies, small shops, and mini supermarkets can attend to clients of the Bank who can access banking services in areas where it is not profitable to install a full branch.
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