Wednesday 21 March 2018 | Buenos Aires, Argentina


Opening remarks
  • Heinrich Haasis, President, World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI)
  • Diego Prieto Rivera, President of the WSBI Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Group and President of Banco Caja Social, Colombia
Keynote Speech on Financial Inclusion, Economic and Social Development
  • Isidro Fainé, President of Fundación Bancaria La Caixa and President of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG)​
Opportunities offered by the G20 presidency for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Andrés Neumeyer, Deputy General Manager of Economic Research ​under the Argentina G20 Presidency
  • Daniel Funes de Rioja, Chair Business 20 (B20) under the Argentina G20 Presidency
  • Gema Sacristán, Chief Investment Officer, IDB Invest, on behalf of IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno
  • Javier Gonzalez Fraga, Chairman, Banco de la Nación Argentina
Coffee Break
Panel 1: Better regulation for better inclusion

  • Diego Prieto RiveraPresident of the WSBI Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Group and President of Banco Caja Social, Colombia​


  • Gabriel Bizama, G20 Director for Financial Inclusion, Ministry of Treasury, Argentina
  • Yolanda Cue López, Deputy General Director of Financial Inclusion, Banco del Ahorro Nacional y Servicios Financieros (BANSEFI)
  • José Francisco Demichelis, Senior Financial Markets Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB Group)
  • Lucas Llach, Vice President, Banco Central de la República Argentina (BCRA)

The post financial crisis era is coming with changes in regulation and supervision of financial institutions. International regulatory framework should be calibrated to suit a given market because the “degree of compliance varies”. The “one size fits all” approach should be adopted according to the peculiarities and maturity of different markets, the standards of size, complexity, business model, and cross-border activity of the banks. Unadapted regulation will hinder banks’ role in financing and constrain the potential growth of real economy. How to make sure that regulation can promote the role of financing in real economy? In addition, in recent years regulatory technology, or RegTech, has become a new buzzword in financial services. The intersection of technology and regulation create uncertainty in a number of areas. What do financial services regulators must do different? The panel will address these questions and discuss the future of regulation in financial markets.

Panel 2: Building a financial business ecosystem in the digital age

  • Matt Gamser, CEO IFC’s SME Finance Forum
  • Alejandro Cosentino, Founder and CEO, Afluenta
  • Mauricio Lorenzetti, CTO at Above and Beyond (A&B) - FINCONECTA/FINFORWARD
  • Esteban Pérez Caldentey, Chief of the Financing For Development Unit at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
  • Armando Rosales, President, Fedecrédito, EL Salvador

In the current state of development, demographic change and digitisation are two driving forces of change. Locally focused banks are no strangers to these forces. Accessibility, usability, affordability and sustainability are still challenges for access to finance even in the digital age. Technology and innovative approaches to finance have dramatically improved these challenges. Another issue is SMEs access to finance as in most cases they rarely have enough collateral. Machine learning and AI, as well as Fintechs, are proving to be great allies in this framework. Digitisation is also helping to address informality and to insert MSMEs into the formal system, whilst providing better security for their assets. Governments are moving towards digital invoicing that can also foster financial and social inclusion. The objective of this panel is to discuss enabling ecosystems for financial inclusion and access to finance in the digitised world and the roles of different stakeholders.


​Panel 3: Sustainable Finance – a core​ engine for economic growth


  • Silvia Pavoni, Economics Editor, The Banker 


  • Delfina López Freijido, Director for Sustainable Finance, G20 Unit, Ministry of Treasury, Republic of Argentina​
  • Maria Paz Uribe Estrada, Head, International Banking, Findeter, Colombia
  • Joan Rosás,  International Relations Directo​r, CaixaBank
  • Carlos Serrano, Business Development Lead for LAC, International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group​
  • Rodolfo Tarraubella, Executive Director, CIFAL Argentina, United Nations - UNITAR

Sustainable finance is high on the G20 agenda and advancing fast around the world. The rise of sustainable economy, green products and services in recent years has brought new opportunities for banks and financial institutions. However, there is still a long way to go in which the role of banking is crucial. The last panel of the conference will debate the recent evolution of sustainable finance and address the following questions: what investment, innovation or business opportunities does sustainable finance offer and how banks can benefit from it? How can sustainable finance foster development and economic growth? What is the role of banks in this context? In addition, the panel will present the latest Latin American focused report from the International Financial Corporation, and will discuss the industry experience and trends alongside relevant stakeholders perspectives. ​

Closing Remarks
  • Chris De Noose, WSBI Managing Director

24th WSBI GRULAC annual Assembly

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Thursday 22 March 2018 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

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