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Regional News

More than 90 policymakers to converge for GSP & FISPLG Working Group meetings in Siem Reap from 24-27 April 2018

2018-04-23

The four-day event will also include a training on sex-disaggregated data on 27 April, 2018 where an AFI Special Report on Gender Diversity and Women’s Leadership in AFI Member Institutions will be launched.

Policy area: General FI

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Bangladesh Bank backs AFI network’s strategic initiatives

2018-01-24

As part of high-level engagement with member institutions in the Asia region, AFI’s Executive Director, Dr. Alfred Hannig met with Governor Fazle Kabir, Deputy Governor Sur Chowdhury, Deputy Governor Razee Hassan, Deputy Governor Moniruzzaman, Chief Economist Faisal Ahmed and other members of the management team of Bangladesh Bank (BB), during a high-level meeting hosted by the Central Bank in Dhaka, on 23 January 2018.

Policy area: General FI

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Empowering women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh

2018-01-05

Social and cultural constructs create economic barriers for women, more so in emerging economies. In Bangladesh, access to finance remains the greatest hurdle for women entrepreneurs. Although women make up half of the labor force aged 15-49, they represent only 17 percent of those employed by cottage, micro, and small and medium enterprises (CMSMEs) that account for 99.93 percent out of 7.8 million businesses in the country.

Policy area: Consumer Empowerment and Market Conduct, General FI

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Governor Dasho Penjore of Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan is awarded the Order of Druk Thuksey by His Majesty The King of Bhutan

2017-12-20

An active member of the AFI network since 28 October, 2010, RMA has been instrumental in advancing financial inclusion for the country including formulating its National Financial Inclusion Policy in 2014 and conducting a demand-side and supply-side survey to guide policy intervention.

Policy area: 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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Digital finance is key to increasing financial inclusion in Asia Pacific

2017-11-10

“The adoption of digital finance will have a significant impact not only on financial inclusion, but also inclusive economic growth,” says Alfred Hannig, AFI’s Executive Director during his keynote address at the Asian Development Bank’s 2nd Asia Finance Forum, taking place in Manila, Philippines from 8-10 November 2017.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services

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AFI opens bidding process for the 2018 Global Policy Forum

2017-03-01

AFI has officially opened the process for its members to bid on becoming the host of the 2018 Global Policy Forum. As a GPF host, AFI members are able to position their country and institution in the global arena and demonstrate commitment as a financial inclusion leader.

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AFI PPD Convenes Public and Private Sector to Discuss DFS in Asia-Pacific

2016-08-09

Sessions reinforced the importance and relevance of the PPD, which brought together the players from the private and public sector to deliberate on effective DFS.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services

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Financial Inclusion a Priority at High-Level Dialogue in Incheon

2016-08-08

The meeting was an opportunity to gather regional momentum, scale up consolidated efforts and recalibrate the regional financial architecture to build a foundation for supporting implementation of the SDGs.

Policy area: General FI

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