AFI rolls out project to advance inclusion of forcibly displaced

June 20th, 2019

AFI rolls out project to advance inclusion of forcibly displaced

AFI is rolling out a project to promote policies that enable more forcibly displaced persons (FDPs) to access formal financial services, driving in-country implementation efforts that the network has been developing since its FDP workstream began in 2017.

The two-year project, “Advancing the Financial Inclusion of FDPs: Putting Policy Recommendations to Practice”, is…

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ECAPI leaders wrap up milestone regional meeting

June 13th, 2019

ECAPI leaders wrap up milestone regional meeting

Almost fifty representatives of central banks and other financial regulators from Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) convened in Belarus on June 13, 2019 for the High-Level Policy Forum of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Policy Initiative (ECAPI).

Co-hosted for the first time by the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus (NBRB), the meeting aimed to help develop strategies to…

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Sustainable financial inclusion to ensure elderly do not fall out of system, AFI ED tells GPFI panel in Tokyo

June 7th, 2019

Sustainable financial inclusion to ensure elderly do not fall out of system, AFI ED tells GPFI panel in Tokyo 

Sustainable, long term financial inclusion is broader than access alone, AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig said during the Forum on Aging and Financial Inclusion held by the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), in Tokyo on 7 June. The high-level symposium is focusing on challenges and solutions to drive…

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5th PIRI ends with commitments on IGF and de-risking, Papua New Guinea Governor assumes chair

June 6th, 2019

5th PIRI ends with commitments on IGF and de-risking, Papua New Guinea Governor assumes chair

It’s a wrap! After four days of in-depth discussions, the 5th Pacific Islands Regional Initiative (PIRI) ended in Honiara on 6 June, with leaders pledging to establish a sub-group dedicated to tackling issues surrounding inclusive green finance as the region continues to push the financial inclusion agenda.

Inclusive Green Finance was a…

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Pacific leaders champion youth and green finance at 5th PIRI High-Level Forum

June 5th, 2019

Pacific leaders champion youth and green finance at 5th PIRI High-Level Forum

Pacific leaders championed youth and inclusive green finance at the opening of the 5th Pacific Islands Regional Initiative (PIRI) High-Level Forum, co-hosted by Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) and Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), on 5 June.

CBSI Governor Denton Rarawa welcomed the more than 100 policymakers, financial regulators and…

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PIRI leaders pledge to use financial inclusion to build resilience to climate change

June 4th, 2019

PIRI leaders pledge to use financial inclusion to build resilience to climate change

Leaders from the Pacific Islands Regional Initiative (PIRI) committed to develop policies that enable mitigation and build resilience to climate change, highlighting the crucial role financial regulators play in advancing inclusive green finance.

In a statement read on behalf of PIRI members on June 3, Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) Deputy…

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AFI explores knowledge partnership with Estonian financial regulators

May 30th, 2019

AFI explores knowledge partnership with Estonian financial regulators

The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig met with Estonian Financial Supervision and Resolution Authority (FSA) Management Board Chairman Kilvar Kessler and Bank of Estonia Deputy Governor Madis Muller on May 29 as part of efforts to engage with European financial regulators.

During the visit to the FSA’s headquarters in…

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Central Bank of Seychelles hosts FinTech workshop to build national strategy

May 10th, 2019

Central Bank of Seychelles hosts FinTech workshop to build national strategy

The Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS) on 8 May kicked off a workshop aimed at exploring how the country can best leverage financial technology (FinTech) to improve access to financial services and facilitate broader digital transformations.

Organised by CBS, the Seychelles Financial Services Authority, the Ministry of Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic…

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Bank of Zambia advances women’s financial inclusion with milestone survey results

May 9th, 2019

Bank of Zambia advances women’s financial inclusion with milestone survey results

The Bank of Zambia (BoZ) marked a major step in advancing women’s financial inclusion after unveiling the results of a landmark survey that found women in Zambia inherently face more challenges in accessing formal financial products and services.

Speaking earlier this month at a dissemination workshop on the baseline survey on sex-disaggregated…

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Enhancing MSME credit worthiness key to SME development for Timor-Leste’s central bank

May 7th, 2019

Enhancing MSME credit worthiness key to SME development for Timor-Leste’s central bank

Small and medium enterprise (SME) development is crucial to advancing financial inclusion in Timor-Leste, and despite being in its early stages the country’s central bank is strengthening the sector to assist wider economic development.

In line with these efforts and led by Banco Central de Timor-Leste (BCTL) Governor Abraao de Fernandes, over a…

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