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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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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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Gender data is a key, AFI’s Dr. Hannig tells CNBC Africa

2019-09-24

Central banks across Africa are helping reverse the relatively low rates of financial inclusion among women by collecting sex-disaggregated data, AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig told CNBC Africa in a televised interview earlier this month.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, Measuring Financial Inclusion, General FI, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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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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Three ceremonial gongs wrap 2019 AFI GPF in Kigali

2019-09-13

Governor John Rwangombwa, from co-host National Bank of Rwanda (BNR), officially closed the 2019 AFI GPF by ringing the ceremonial gong three times. In his closing speech, he thanked the participants and organizers while offering some parting words of wisdom for his peers.

Policy area: General FI

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