Concepcion is the first place in Colombia where the vast majority of transactions involve electronic banking via mobile phones, staying well ahead of even northern Europe.
The mayor of Concepción has himself come to illustrate the comparative safety of this online system. “I went to the district of Rionegro to claim a significant sum of money from the town, and some thieves thought I had the money in the car,” he recalls. “But they couldn’t take any, as it was in the cell phone. They did take the phone, but the money stayed in the bank.”
The key word is, comparative safety.