BLX Banco Latinoamericano De Comercio Exterior

Jorge Salas Chief Executive Officer
Ana Mendez Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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Ladies and gentlemen, hello and welcome to Bladex's Fourth Quarter 2020 Conference Call on this 12th day of February 2021. This call is being recorded and is for investors and analysts only.

If you are a member of the media, you are invited to listen-only. Bladex has prepared a PowerPoint presentation to accompany their discussion. It is available through the webcast and on the Bank's corporate website at

Mr. are today us Joining Jorge Salas, and Executive Officer; Ms. Chief Financial Graciela de Chief Mendez, Ana Officer. be earnings corporate on issued comments based Their will their and available earlier is release, on the website. today was which made pursuant in and of described Securities Section The following of Private statement to Safe Securities forward-looking the of Harbor Act Reform XXXX. the the Litigation XXE statements for XXXX Act is Exchange trends may such results, we communications, make the anticipated as plans regarding these that condition. forward-looking, certain its In are affecting future statements Bladex's and financial results in market statements and day statements the call, forward-looking are undertake based These Bladex's does knowledge. expectations events Bladex broadcast conference to on the this subsequent these expectations on of of update not initial and or the the filings Bank's press Various uncertainties risks, releases Securities Exchange in with Commission. and assumptions detailed and and are these and the more Should any differ the underlying one or results expressed prove these results significantly or of of may materialize, should actual in incorrect, communications. assumptions from or uncertainties risks implied that, I And the to am over turn with Mr. pleased to call presentation. Salas for his

Jorge Salas

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Ana Mendez

Thank you, morning Jorge, and all. good to

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Jorge Salas

I disperse a Ana. Bladex very been has maturities this $X of circumstances, year. and truly billion since throughout has that proud for you, very Thank managed the over Bladex. good pandemic all started given I'm the believe team virtually year that to in time, the collected the

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with Mr. Wiggins up. follow Partners Fronius has a


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have At other no we queue. the in this questioners time,

for So our speakers closing back it I'll to comments. turn

Jorge Salas

everybody thank So Thank like if there are stay would no and safe. I to you. please further questions


That gentlemen. Thank this morning's presentation. concludes you, ladies and

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