East & Southeast Asia

Regional News

Financial inclusion key to ensuring effective AML/CFT regulations, highlights BNM-AFI member training in Kuala Lumpur

2018-11-12

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the AFI are organizing a week long member training on Balancing Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) and Financial Inclusion from 12-16 November, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Policy area: Balancing Inclusion, Integrity and Stability, Consumer Empowerment and Market Conduct, General FI

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Transformative power of FinTech for Financial Inclusion

2018-10-10

Along with enhanced market conduct and financial capability, usage and quality of financial inclusion need to be addressed early to amplify the transformative power of FinTech for Financial Inclusion.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, General FI

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Action plans to spearhead FinTech for Financial Inclusion developed as part of Peer Advisory Service program

2018-09-28

Hosted by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and AFI, the Peer Advisory Service program on FinTech for Financial Inclusion concluded today, following the ASEAN e-Financial Inclusion Forum held earlier this week.  

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, General FI

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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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