WASHINGTON, 23 September 2015 – The Board of Directors of the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI), a trade association committed to seeing the retail and savings banking model thrive for its members who serve one billion customers in nearly 80 countries, today re-elected former German Savings Bank Association President Heinrich Haasis to a second three-year term as association president from 2015 to 2018. The WSBI Board also elected its President's Committee for the same mandate period.
In his speech to members at the WSBI General Assembly, Mr. Haasis said: "There is real need to address during the next three years just how far digitalisation can take our savings and retail banks, and how it can aid us in helping our customers succeed in their lives and ambitions. Digitalisation is changing the way we all approach our account holders, banking policy and business models."
The WSBI President's Committee will comprise for the period 2015-2018 as follows:
President: Heinrich HAASIS, Former President, German Savings Banks Association (DSGV - Germany)
Vice Presidents: Jean ARONDEL, Fédération Nationale des Caisses d'Epargne (France)
Georg FAHRENSCHON, German Savings Banks Association (DSGV - Germany)
Isidro FAINE, Spanish Confederation of Savings Banks (CECA) and CaixaBank (Spain)
Camden FINE, Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA -United States)
Sabasaba MOSHINGI, Tanzania Postal Bank
Vice President/Treasurer: Macario Armando ROSALES ROSA, Fedecredito (El Salvador)
Chris De Noose, Managing Director of WSBI-ESBG commented on the new appointments: "Mr Haasis is driven by a passion for the savings and retail banking model. Together with the new committee, his leadership and experience will be needed more than ever as we face new challenges and opportunities from digitalisation. We thank outgoing WSBI Committee members for laying a path for the incoming leadership."
WSBI announces numeric commitment to Universal Financial Access Goal
The news comes as WSBI members also announced in a 'Washington Declaration' to forge a deeper commitment to the World Bank Group's strategic goal of Universal Financial Access by 2020. As at year-end 2014, members served a baseline total of 1.3 billion customers, which includes providing accounts for the poor worldwide. But that figure is set to grow.
Based on the current membership, WSBI and its members aim to reach 1.7 billion customers and 400 million new transaction accounts by the end of 2020. This numeric commitment reinforces WSBI's continued engagement with the 'Account for Everyone' goal first stated in the 2012-Marrakech Declaration.
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WSBI – The Global Voice of Savings and Retail Banking
WSBI represents the interests of 6,000 savings and retail banks globally, with total assets of $14tn and serving one billion customers in nearly 80 countries (as of 2014). WSBI focuses on international regulatory issues that affect the savings and retail banking industry. It supports the aims of the G20 in achieving sustainable, inclusive, and balanced growth, and job creation, whether in industrialised or less developed countries. WSBI favours an inclusive form of globalization that is just and fair, supporting international efforts to advance financial access and financial usage for everyone.
Biography of Heinrich Haasis
Heinrich Haasis holds a diploma in public administration from the Württemberg Management Service. From 1971 to 1981 he was mayor in Bisingen, Germany. He also served as a member of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg from 1976 to 2001. From 1991 to 2001 he was chairman of the Württembergish Sparkassen-und Giroverband, and from 2001 to 2006 he was president and chairman of the Baden-Württembergish Sparkassenverband. From 1991 to 2006 Mr Haasis was at times chairman of the supervisory boards at Südwest-LB, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Landesbausparkasse und Sparkassen-Versicherung Holding AG Baden-Württemberg. From 2006 to 2012 he was president of the German Savings Banks Association (DSGV) and from 2006 to 2009 president of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG). In May 2012 he was elected president of the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI).