Lending in Latin America's largest financial system contracted more than 2% in the 12 months through April.
The Central American nations completed the integration of their exchanges, the culmination of more than a decade of negotiations and reforms to make it possible.
The country's association of commercial lenders is organizing an international conference focused on the digital revolution sweeping through the LatAm financial sector.
The political crisis has put at risk reforms that are key for the economy's recovery.
Analysts who talked to BNamericas, however, see the risks as being manageable.