We have been part of the Caribbean and Central America region since 1889 when we opened our first office in Kingston, Jamaica to support the trade of rum sugar and fish. This was the first time a Canadian bank had opened a branch outside the U.K. or the U.S. Scotiabank had a branch in Kingston before opening a branch in Toronto, Canada, where the Executive Offices are now located.
Some 120 plus years later, Scotiabank is the leading bank in the Caribbean and Central America, with operations in 25 countries, including affiliates. We are the only Canadian bank with operations in four of the seven Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, Belize, Panama and El Salvador.
Our international strategy focuses on investing resources in high-potential markets where Scotiabank anticipates solid, long-term economic growth. We pride ourselves on leveraging the best Canadian sales and service practices to retain and attract high-value customers abroad. Our core purpose is to be the best at helping you become financially better off by providing relevant solutions to meet your unique needs.