Law of Financial Intermediaries modified in El Salvador

Starting in January 2009, credit cooperatives and federation will be able to issue credit cards and checkbooks with the approval of the Financial System Superintendence.

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Legislative Assembly, in full session, approved the observations that the President of the Republic, Elías Antonio Saca, made to the Law of Non-bank Financial Intermediaries.
They also gave 30 days for those entities interested in offering those services to present all documentation and other requirements in order function.

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