Bankers Who Don't Understand their Business?

The presidents of Costa Rican state banks said they "do not know why they are paying higher fees" than those paid by private banks.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


The phenomenon of the nerve with which too many Latin American officials are flaunting their irresponsibility is increasing.

Television pictures showed a formal meeting chaired by the Chief Executive of Costa Rica, President Chinchilla, accompanied by her Vice-Minister of Finance, Central Bank President and other members of the economic team, and presidents and directors of the three main public banks in the country, the Banco Nacional, Banco de Costa Rica and Banco Popular.

The purpose of the meeting was to analyze the high interest rates prevailing in Costa Rica, and particularly, the fact that interest rates of state-owned commercial banks are higher than those of private banks.

This public meeting, of those primarily responsible for the financial aspects of the Costa Rican economy, and who should await the government’s decision, culminated in the manifestation of the blatant irresponsibility chanted by the presidents of the state banks, who according to vice Liberman "know that the rate they are paying is higher than private banks, but what they do not know is why."

These public servant managers of state bank, who earn tens of thousands of dollars a month, who are elected to office for their supposed knowledge and skills, declared that they were unaware of fundamental facts, not only about the institutions that they supposedly manage, but also about the economy of the citizens they supposedly serve.

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