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Ecuador: Pichincha rides the storm

Antonio Acosta, Banco del Pichincha: confident about Latin America

Antonio Acosta, Banco del Pichincha: confident about Latin America

Antonio Acosta, the co-president of Banco del Pichincha, the largest bank in Ecuador, is confident 2009 will be a good year for the bank. He tells Euromoney why he is so positive about prospects.

How has your bank fared through the financial crisis?

Antonio Acosta, Banco del Pichincha

The bank has done well. The bank’s assets are safe and diversified because it works with all the segments of the economy and so in terms of profitability the impact has been minimal. Also last year the bank had some extraordinary profits from the sale of its subsidiary in Colombia.

How are you managing your liquidity needs?

Antonio Acosta, Banco del Pichincha

Fortunately, we had a very small dependence on foreign loans and issues on the capital markets when the international crisis hit hard.

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