Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) are global leaders in pension reforms, which is something the region could capitalize on as a potential solution to the shortage of long-term financing, World Bank chief economist for LAC Augusto de la Torre told a webcast.
Credit growth in the region has seen large increases in recent years, the expert said, while presenting the results of a study he had authored regarding LAC financial vulnerabilities and opportunities.
De la Torre said credit has expanded largely in the consumer sector, but at the expense of long-term credit and business expansion. This is a cause for concern in the region, as financial systems are mainly funding consumption, he added.
Greater development of long-term financing is needed to combat the shortage of equity finance currently observed in the region, de la Torre noted.