Friday, 23 October 2015
Ceremony and Debate: 10:30 am
Lunch: 12 noon
Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95, Brussels
WSBI – the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute – hosted a special event in Brussels on 23 October as part of the run up to World Savings Day. The mid-morning event kicked-off with
a ceremony to unveil a new WSBI World Savings Day exhibition – a collection of historical images used throughout the world to promote the annual fête and the role played by savings and retail banks. The programme also featured a
debate on the Capital Markets Union, exploring how best to convert savings into investment, especially for small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) – the backbone of the real economy.
Kicking off the event was Sabasaba Moshingi, Chief Executive Officer, Tanzania Postal Bank, joined by WSBI Managing Director Chris De Noose.
The Capital Markets Union debate was moderated by Wall Street Journal Brussels Editor Stephen Fidler, and includes: Georg Huber, Head of EU Representation, DSGV – the German Savings Banks Association; Gerhard Huemer, Head, Policy, UEAPME; Nicolas Veron, Bruegel.
Prior to the panel, there was an address by Niall Bohan, Head, Capital Markets Union unit, DG Financial Services, European Commission. He will also take part in the panel.
For more than 90 years, the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute and its members have spearheaded annually a day dedicated to promoting the virtue of people saving money. Celebrated at the end of October, World Savings Day was the first initiative of WSBI – the voice of savings and retail banks in close to 80 countries. WSBI serves members located in close to 20 EU Member States who represent a third of the European retail banking sector. Celebrated in Europe and around the world, the day provides a chance for members to connect with people in their local areas.
For Brussels-based WSBI and its members, World Savings Day places added focus on the stabilising role played by savings and retail banking in the overall financial system. It evokes some of the ethos of local banks: responsible partners in communities, close to the customer, serving households, SMEs and local authorities.
Our members are from many EU member states, including BPCE in France, the German Savings Banks Association, Caixabank in Spain, Swedbank in Sweden, Argenta and bpost bank-bpost banque in Belgium.