AFI Leadership prepares to gather in Washington in lead up to 2017 World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings 

The 2017 World Bank/IMF Spring meetings are due to take place in Washington DC during the week of 17-23 April, bringing world leaders from across the globe to the US capital for discussions on all aspects of international development, financing, and cooperation. In the lead-up to these meetings, AFI’s Executive Director, Alfred Hannig, will lead a delegation to take part in several high-profile meetings during the week.

On the 19th, AFI will be hosting the 9th Annual G-24/AFI Policymakers Roundtable on Financial Inclusion. As with last year, De-Risking will remain a key topic of discussion, however the agenda also includes a comprehensive session on how the G-24 can support the implementation of AFI’s Denarau Action Plan. AFI members currently scheduled to take part include; Bank of Tanzania’s Governor, and current AFI Board Chair, Benno Ndulu; Bank of Zambia Deputy Governor and Chair of the AFI Gender Committee, Dr. Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula, and BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr.

AFI’s Public Private Dialogue (PPD) platform will be holding a key session on 21 April, as leaders from private sector organizations, including Visa, Mastercard, GSMA and TransferTo, will meet with AFI members to discuss the progress and achievements of the PPD program and look to new financial inclusion trends and issues that would benefit from greater cooperation and knowledge exchange.

Also on 21 April, the 7th AFI Board of Directors Meeting will be held to review the progress of the organization in 2016 and look to finalize strategic and operational plans for 2017 and beyond.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) feature prominently at this year’s WB/IMF Spring Meetings, with dedicated sessions on financing for climate action, the SDG agenda and more taking place throughout the week. The role of financial inclusion, and of AFI, is closely connected to the SDGs through the priorities laid out in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. AFI’s working groups and regional initiatives are currently supporting 16 of the 17 SDG goals.