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Technology can help financial access grow to 75 percent, BSL governor

2019-12-02

Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL) Governor Professor Kelfala Morana Kallon said on 2 December that leveraging technology can help accelerate financial inclusion and aims to leave office with 75 percent of adults having access to financial services.

Policy area: General FI

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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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BoG governor discusses peer review opportunities at DED meeting

2019-11-29

Bank of Ghana (BoG) Governor Dr. Ernest Addison warmly greeted AFI Deputy Executive Director Norbert Mumba at the central bank’s headquarters in Accra on 29 November, where the pair discussed opportunities to capitalize on the Alliance’s extensive network through in-depth peer learning.

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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Eswatini Governor urges support to improve MSME access to financing

2019-11-12

Costs and banking processes must be reduced for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to support future expansion in the sector, Central Bank of Eswatini Governor Majozi Sithole said on 12 November.

Policy area: SME Finance

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Youth, Gender & IGF highlighted in meeting with SASRA, Kenya

2019-11-06

Chief Executive Officer of the Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority (SASRA) Kenya John Mwaka met AFI Deputy Executive Director Norbert Mumba on 6 November in Nairobi, to discuss how best to strengthen support and collaboration between two institutions, as well as the latest developments in the AFI network.

Policy area: General FI

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Côte d'Ivoire FinMin discusses green, youth & gender with AFI DED

2019-11-04

Emerging topics in financial inclusion were top of the agenda when Côte d'Ivoire Minister of Finance and Economy Adama Coulibaly met AFI Deputy Executive Director Norbert Mumba in Abidjan on 4 November.

Policy area: General FI

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Green finance, regional sandbox & FinTech discussed with BCEAO

2019-10-31

Banque Centrale des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (BCEAO) Governor Tiémoko Meyliet Koné expressed interest in AFI’s inclusive green finance workstream, adding that some northern and coastal areas in its member-bloc were highly vulnerable to climate change.

Policy area: General FI

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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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