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23 September 2021

Join us for AFI’s first-ever policy leadership dialogue!

We’re getting ready to host our first-ever fully virtual policy leadership dialogue and we hope that you can join us!

The one-of-a-kind event, held on 28-30 September 2021, will showcase an interactive platform to highlight the systematic, effective and coordinated COVID-19 policy responses implemented by AFI members to shield most vulnerable groups from the economic fallout of the pandemic.

We are delighted to have the First Lady of Costa Rica, Claudia Vanessa Dobles Camargo, deliver the keynote address to AFI’s esteemed network of members. Opening remarks will be given by Central Bank of Jordan Governor Ziad Fariz, who will co-host AFI’s flagship Global Policy Forum in 2022, and AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig.

Governor Ziad Fariz,
Central Bank of Jordan 
Claudia Vanessa Dobles Camargo,
First Lady of Costa Rica
Dr. Alfred Hannig,
AFI Executive Director


Marking the 10-year anniversary of members adopting the Maya Declaration and the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Denarau Action Plan, “Financial Inclusion Beyond the Pandemic: A Policy Leadership Dialogue” will challenge the heads of financial regulators across the globe on how to successfully navigate out of the ongoing crisis.

In-depth exchanges will look at ways to unwind temporary measures that ensure a sustainable, green and inclusive recovery, and achieve the goals set out in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Elevating AFI’s successful peer learning model, participants will contribute a wealth of knowledge and high-impact lessons learned on areas such as inclusive growth for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the future of data and achieving an inclusive green recovery.

Among the financial inclusion champions participating in the three-day event will be the governors, deputy governors and other leaders of financial regulators from The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Rwanda, Palestine, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Seychelles and Tanzania. Key private sectors stakeholders will offer valuable insight and fresh perspectives on the COVID-19 recovery.

The event will witness the launch of a special report on the financial inclusion policies and regulations being implemented by members that are successfully mitigating the impacts of the pandemic. Particular emphasis will be placed on disadvantaged groups, such as women and MSMEs.

Members will also identify digital transformation initiatives – from supervisory technology to central bank digital currencies – that are in practice across the network and beyond and hold the potential to protect and further accelerate financial inclusion gains in the coming years.

Adopting a holistic approach, participants will draw attention to key elements of public-private and developing-developed country collaboration that can contribute to the effective implementation of AFI members’ inclusive and green recovery policies.

The event will also explore the expansion and diversification of the role of financial regulators, particularly in emerging markets and developing countries. These include linkages between financial supervision and inclusive growth and sustainable development; the opportunities and risks of technological innovation; and the impacts of climate change.

The policy leadership dialogue will, therefore, not only offer critical insight that supports a stronger and more resilient recovery from crises that leave no one behind, but also enhance the understanding of contemporary financial institution across the AFI membership and beyond.

We look forward to welcoming you at the event!

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