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Banking regulatory reform in the Americas, particularly United States, Canada, and Mexico is strongly national rather than having a coordinated and regional focus over the North and South America region. As the private sector in Canada, Mexico and the United States moves toward an integrated North American banking system, the regulators have lagged behind. While the U.S. and Canada are characterized by robust financial economies, central and south America lag behind.

Argentina, Mexico, and Venezuela were among countries faced economic difficulties in 1995 and 1996. Development organizations such as the World Bank, together with the IBD, helped the Argentine and Mexican governments address weaknesses and restore confidence in their financial systems.

For further information on the Banking System in the Americas, click on the following Central Bank Links:

United States
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Washington):

Federal Reserve Bank of New York:

Bank of Canada:

Banco de Mexico:

Banco Cnetral de la Republica Argentina:

El Salvador:
The Central Reserve Bank of El Salvador:


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