East & Southeast Asia

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Three-day AFI training unleash creative thinking to effectively communicate gender & women’s financial inclusion

2018-05-24

Designing and delivering communication plans, messages and products that build greater awareness, and support for the Denarau Action Plan (DAP) and AFI’s initiatives on Women’s Financial Inclusion are main features of the Communicating Gender and Women’s Financial Inclusion training.

Policy area: General FI, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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De-risking as a key challenge in remittances for international migrants, Dr. Hannig highlights at GFRID 2018 Asia-Pacific

2018-05-08

“Only 15 percent of remittance received is used for income-generating activities,” Dr. Hannig said during a plenary session on Migration and Development in Asia-Pacific, where he presented an overview of international migration and its linkages to financial inclusion, remittances and development.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, SME Finance

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It’s a wrap! High-level JLP ends on a strong note to address MSME and reduce the SME finance gap

2018-04-13

"There were lots of enthusiasm over the week. It’s remarkable that the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) brought together large and small member institutions together from around the globe. Inclusive growth and financial stability is an overarching goal for all countries. Therefore, it’s a privilege to sit and learn — together,” emphasized Governor Dasho Penjore from Royal Monetary of Bhutan.

Policy area: SME Finance, General FI

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AFI strengthens policy leadership role with its first high-level JLP for Governors & Deputy Governors

2018-04-09

“In the last 10 years in existence, the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) network has been maturing. We’re now at a stage where the network feels confident in sharing proven knowledge with others — to replicate initiatives that have been implemented across the network, in other member institutions, other countries,” emphasized AFI ED, Dr. Alfred Hannig during his opening remarks at the high-level JLP.

Policy area: SME Finance, General FI

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BNM-AFI co-host high-level Joint Learning Program on MSME financing

2018-04-06

More than 20 high-level representatives, led by over 10 Governors and Deputy Governors from emerging economies, will be attending the Joint Learning Program (JLP), Building an Inclusive MSME Financing Ecosystem hosted by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in collaboration with AFI from 9-13 April, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.

Policy area: General FI

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BNM & AFI kicks off first Capacity Building event of 2018 with 5-day member training on Instructional Strategies

2018-02-19

It’s an exciting week within the AFI Network as we kick off the first Capacity Building event of the year today in collaboration with Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) — marking six years of close partnership between AFI and BNM in organizing and working together on Capacity Building events.

Policy area: General FI

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Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to develop a digital finance ecosystem in pursuit of financial inclusion & stability

2018-02-09

“Financial inclusion is about providing all Filipinos access to affordable and client-centered financial services that can help them build a better life for themselves and their families,” as described in the Financial Inclusion Initiatives 2017 report, produced by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, General FI

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

2017-12-16

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

2017-12-15

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

2017-12-07

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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