Costa Rica: Bancredito and Banco Nacional Banks integrate services

Bancredito and Banco Nacional banks will integrate their technology plataforms. This will allow customers to share the same ATM's, change checks and make deposits at any of the branches of said banks.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Banco Nacional bank is already sharing its platforms with the Bank of Costa Rica (BCR); this new accord with Bancredito will allow for the integration of the three State banks.
The Banco Nacional bank reported via its Press Office that they are in "preliminary negotiations."

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