WSBI Latin America & Caribbean Regional Group

Representing financial institutions and federations, the WSBI Latin American and Caribbean Group looks to create and share knowledge with one another and to raise awareness of WSBI and its positions with people in the region.

WSBI Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Representing 12 financial institutions from 9 countries, the group’s members meet at least once a year at annual regional group meetings. Those meetings serve as a platform for exchange of experiences among members and provides potential members or other interested international or regional organizations a way to keep up to date on savings and retail banking as well as WSBI´s efforts in the region.

Cooperation between WSBI members in the group ranges from contact building and exchanges of information to the development of concrete business opportunities, at bilateral or multilateral level. For example, members host training workshops and one-on-one study visits for fellow members, sign business cooperation memoranda of understanding, exchange expertise and enter reciprocal business partnerships.


Diego Fernando Prieto Rivera, president of Banco Caja Social in Colombia, leads the Latin American & Caribbean Regional Group. WSBI regional group presidents (RGP) are appointed for three years terms among the top management of member banks in the region. Mr. Prieto’s  term was renewed at the end of 2021.

​Macario Armando Rosales Rosas, president of Fedecredito in El Salvador, is a member of this group and additionally serves as WSBI Treasurer. He previously led the GRULAC group from 2009 to 2012.

Key activities

Representing members that include federations, together translating to 84 financial institutions, the GRULAC group address region-wide structural changes needed to extend the access to financial services. To date, focus has been placed on digital banking, payments systems, micro and small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs), risk management and overall savings mobilization.

The group aims to generate and share knowledge and to advocate for members to:

  • ​raise members’ profiles as financial pillars of their national economies, vis-à-vis national and international authorities;
  • promote the development of socially committed financial institutions in the region while conveying the right messages for a conducive regulatory framework;
  • create opportunities for exchanges of information, training and technical assistance;
  • channel business opportunities for member institutions; and
  • expand WSBI membership in the region.

The Annual Regional Group Meeting (RGM) is a forum to discuss and drive issues relevant to the region’s retail banking sector. It also serves as a platform for cooperation between regional banks and provides input into the WSBI overall strategy.

The GRULAC Steering Committee brings together top leaders from members in the region who are committed to promoting WSBI. They aim to shape the regional group’s future positioning and visibility in the region as well as positioning WSBI as a trusted, leading voice ​on retail banking worldwide.

Knowledge Sharing

Knowledge sharing between GRULAC Regional Group members help boost their business development efforts. The group aims to promote members’ best practices, to transfer the knowledge among members, fostering regional cooperation – members helping members.

​Knowledge sharing efforts aim to highlight and address areas such as sustainable finance, digitalization, banking innovation, financial inclusion, and financing MSMEs.


An important role of regional groups is to provide input to overall WSBI messages provided to G20 leaders. GRULAC ​Group members advocate as necessary with regional parties, authorities and national regulatory bodies. Members have regular contact with regional and mulitlateral organisations such as the:

  • ​Association of Supervisors of Banks of the Americas (ASBA);
  • Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE/CABEI);
  • Center for Latin American Monetary Studies (CEMLA);
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); and
  • La Federación Latinoamericana de Bancos (FELABAN).

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