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Date: 21/03/2018 - 21/03/2018
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​G20 and Locally Focused Banks –​ Good for Sustainable Societies

​A WSBI Conference in the context of the 2018 Argentine Presidency of the G20

Venue: Salón de actos, Casa Central Banco de la Nación Argentina, Rivadavia 325, 1er piso, Buenos Aires

>> See WSBI's G20 Institutional Positions Paper

>> More on WSBI event on G20 Argentina

>> Link: Argentina G20 presidency​

>> Speech by WSBI President Heinrich Haasis


​​​Locally focused banks such as the member banks of WSBI – the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute – have an important role to play in the stability of the financial system at national and international levels. Locally focused banks support the real economy, primarily through lending to small and medium-sized enterprises and private households. They provide their customers with financial services. Locally focused banks have the necessary in-depth market and customer knowledge and the required customer proximity to combine security and dynamism, reliability and competitiveness. They represent a diversity of business models and market proximity via decentralised structures. In this way, locally focused banks can provide an effective and granular distribution of risks in an internationally connected economy.

It is essential that the decisions and initiatives of the Argentine presidency of the G20 take sufficient account of locally focused institutions. This primarily includes:

  • strengthening access to traditional bank financing for small and medium sized businesses;

  • implementing targeted​ regulation, oriented towards a bank's business model, size and risk;

  • promoting models of financial inclusion and financial​ education.

Conference participants will discuss pressing issues related to retail banking in the framework of G20 Argentina Presidency priorities. Those priorities include areas such as better regulation, financial inclusion, digitisation​​​ and sustainable finance. The event also fosters a constructive dialogue between industry and policy-makers, as well as discussions and exchanges with like-minded organisations.