Last Thursday, 16 November, ASUFIN held its 5th Annual Congress, which focused on credit, savings and financial exclusion. Experts discussed the rising cost of living, the risks of indebtedness, improving financial education and financial inclusion, among other issues.

Juan Carlos López, Head of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations at CECA participated in the panel "Financial exclusion: The challenge of achieving full financial inclusion", together with Mónica Correia, CEO of Nickel, Jordi Hethieu, Chairman of Hispasat, and Sabina Lobato, Director of Occupational Training at Fundación ONCE.

Juan Carlos highlighted that "in the first half of the year more than 277,000 customers over the age of 65 have received financial, digital and/or fraud prevention training, in line with the banking sector's commitment towards financial and digital education and customer service for the elderly".

With regard to financial inclusion in rural Spain, he pointed out that "at the close of 2022, 99% of the Spanish population has an access point to financial services, according to the report on financial inclusion published by the IVIE", adding that "93% of municipalities with more than 500 inhabitants that a year ago did not have a physical access point to basic financial services now have one or are either in the process of their installation, public tender or in talks with the Administration to have one in the coming months".