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AFI members from Asia-Pacific share knowledge on their progress in financial inclusion


Among numerous topics discussed, the participants that included more than 50 central bankers, financial regulators, ministry of finance officials and development partners from 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific, deliberated on the role of FinTech in advancing financial inclusion and the impact it has on financial integrity, consumer protection and financial stability.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, General FI

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AFI Executive Director highlights regional cooperation during Asia Tour


AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig, conducted a regional tour with visits to AFI member institutions in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand, marking the end of a collaborative and successful year for AFI in this region and sets the framework for new and exciting opportunities expected in 2018.

Policy area: General FI

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AFI members embrace technological innovation at FinTech & Risk Based Approach workshop in Seoul


AFI member institutions, namely the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Bangladesh Bank, Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Bank of Thailand in addition to the AFI Management Unit, were amongst the speakers at the FinTech and Risk Based Approach Regional Workshop co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) and the Korea Financial Intelligence Unit, in Seoul 5-7 December.

Policy area: General FI

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DFS is the key catalyst to advancing financial inclusion


“Digitization will be the core pillar of our upcoming National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS),” said the Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank, S.K. Sur Chowdhury, during the opening of the Joint Learning Programme (JLP) on digital financial services (DFS) taking place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 4 – 8 December 2018.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services

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BNM-AFI Member Training on Anti-Money Laundering & Countering Financing of Terrorism, Considerations & Approaches for Financial Inclusions


The objective of the training is to ensure that AFI members – financial regulators – are enabled to develop clear regulatory frameworks that address the issues of de-risking from a systemic and strategic position, while focusing on responsible financial inclusion.

Policy area: Balancing Inclusion, Integrity and Stability, Digital Financial Services, Financial Inclusion Strategy, General FI

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BNM and AFI organize a week-long training on Financial Inclusion Strategy and Data


Gathering 31 participants from 28 AFI member institutions, the training aims to provide an overview on recent developments and emerging issues in financial inclusion strategy and data.

Policy area: Financial Inclusion Strategy

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AFI Holds Regulatory Training on Cybersecurity Challenges and Resilience Management


As a continuation of the Policy Forum on cybersecurity and financial inclusion, AFI is organizing its Regulatory Training - ‘Cybersecurity Challenges and Resilience Management’ on 2 and 3 August 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, for 72 participants from 34 member institutions.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services

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Bank Negara Malaysia and AFI Co-Host First Policy Forum on Cybersecurity and Financial Inclusion


Over 130 financial policy makers and regulators from 40 countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur for AFI's policy forum, "Cybersecurity: Safeguarding the Future for Innovative Financial Inclusion," which was co-hosted with Bank Negara Malaysia.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services

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Bank Negara Malaysia and AFI conduct Member Training on Consumer Empowerment and Market Conduct


38 participants from 27 AFI member institutions are in Kuala Lumpur this week for the Member Training on Consumer Empowerment and Market Conduct. This event is a collaboration between Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI).

Policy area: Consumer Empowerment and Market Conduct

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Financial Inclusion necessary to ensure Financial Stability and Macro-Economic Resilience


AFI Executive Director, Alfred Hannig participated in a panel discussion on the topic “Deepening the Financial Systems and Markets” at the 10th Symposium on Asian Banking and Finance in Singapore.

Policy area: Balancing Inclusion, Integrity and Stability, General FI

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