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The future of finance in LatAm & the Caribbean

November 30, 2021

Colombia proposes voluntary open finance

Nov 12, 2021

By Antony Pinedo

Colombia's regulator want open finance be voluntary


Colombia has published plans for implementing open finance and, unlike other countries in Latin America, the country’s authorities want the system to be voluntary.

The legislative proposal—which is open for public consultation—suggests a favorable environment for financial institutions that want to share information, says Edwin Zácipa, chief executive of Open Vector Colombia, an advisory firm specializing in open finance.

The decision to make adoption voluntary contrasts with the mandatory nature of Chile’s proposal and the systems in place in Mexico and Brazil.
Colombia’s regulator chief had already hinted at wanting to avoid “draconian” positions when he spoke to iupana about its plans to launch an open banking model for the country in 2022.

Zácipa stressed the need for precise technological standards for information exchange, such as APIs.

“If we don’t define them, then instead of open finance we will likely have closed finance where each financial group or holding company consolidates its own standard, and that isn’t the point,” he said.

The government’s Financial Regulation Unit (URF) will receive comments on the proposal until November 24.

See also: Open banking in Colombia is getting ready to take off

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