Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Regional News

First in-country green JLP in Bhutan

2020-01-20

First in-country green JLP in Bhutan The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) of Bhutan and AFI begin the year on a high note by co-hosting the country’s first-ever Joint Learning Program on Inclusive Green Finance (IGF) in Thimphu.

Policy area: Financial Inclusion Strategy, General FI, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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CEFI, the online training for financial inclusion by AFI and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

2019-11-29

In collaboration with the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, AFI will be launching its first online training module, ‘Certified Expert in Financial Inclusion Policy (CEFI)’.

Policy area: General FI

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NFIS must encourage long-term sustainable goals, AFI’s DED

2019-11-18

Regulators must adopt a “holistic approach” to national financial inclusion strategies (NFIS) that encourage long-term and sustainable economic growth, AFI’s Deputy Executive Director Norbert Mumba said at the start of member training on 18 November.

Policy area: Financial Inclusion Strategy, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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Members attend CGD-AFI workshop on decision tree in Mexico

2019-10-14

Twenty-four participants from eight AFI member institutions came together last week in Mexico City for a policy workshop on digital financial inclusion, the first of its kind to be co-organized by the global network and the Center for Global Development (CGD).

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, Financial Inclusion Strategy, General FI

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AFI PreCOP25 panel urges regulatory role in climate change mitigation

2019-10-10

Financial regulators play a crucial role in implementing the Paris Agreement and should be involved in national long-term planning and policy development to mitigate the effects of the climate emergency, speakers said at a PreCOP25 panel discussion in San José.

Policy area: General FI, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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FinTech helps create level playing field for SMEs

2019-10-09

New financial technologies (FinTech) can help small and medium enterprises (SME) achieve a level playing field by promoting regulations that ensure stability and consumer protection, speakers said at the Global SME Finance Forum 2019 in Amsterdam on 8 October.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, SME Finance, General FI

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Financial education key to promoting stability, growth and inclusion

2019-10-07

Financial education not only helps boost national financial inclusion rates but also ensures that those on the peripheries do not fall out of the formal financial system, AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig said as he opened the Joint Learning Program on Empowering Consumers through Financial Education in Kuala Lumpur.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, General FI

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Pre-COP panel to explore IGF potential to help solve climate emergency

2019-10-07

AFI member institutions will shortly gather in Costa Rica to discuss how financial regulators are using Inclusive Green Finance (IGF) policies that contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and help tackle climate emergency.

Policy area: General FI

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Policy & regulatory solutions converge at global FinTech dialogue

2019-09-26

Amid a global convergence in policy and regulatory solutions in the financial inclusion and financial technology (FinTech), around 70 senior regulators from developing and developed countries are gathering in Prague for the first-of-its-kind global dialogue on inclusive FinTech.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, General FI

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Winners of AFI’s first-ever FinTech showcase take a bow

2019-09-13

Congratulations to agricultural insurance provider OKO for taking first place in AFI’s first-ever FinTech showcase at the 2019 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF). Chosen by a panel of expert judges and a popular vote among GPF participants, OKO won over the audience with its innovative product and pitch, beating stiff competition from nine other financial technology (FinTech) firms. 

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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