2015

European Microfinance Week

November
18
Date and time: 18-11-2015 09:21 AM - 20-11-2015 09:21 AM
Venue: Luxembourg
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AFI Pacific Islands Experts Group on Financial Inclusion Policy (EGFIP) Meeting & Consumer Protection Regulatory Training, Tonga

November
17
Date and time: 17-11-2015 09:00 AM - 20-11-2015 05:07 PM
Venue: Scenic Hotel, Nukualofa, Tonga
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The National Reserve Bank of Tonga (NRBT) and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) Pacific Islands Regional Initiative (PIRI) are co-hosting the Pacific Islands Experts Group on Financial Inclusion Policy (EGFIP) Meeting & Consumer Protection Regulatory Training 17-20 November in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

PIRI provides the platform for mutual learning with sustainable high-level commitments to drive and create conditions that lead to the financial empowerment of all Pacific Islands. With a vision to ensure that financial services are widely accessed by all Pacific Islanders, the initiative provides the platform for policymakers from the region to come together and discuss global financial inclusion issues, innovation and strategies and to tailor these tools to other island nations.

The EGFIP Meeting will be held from the 17th November for one and a half day followed by two and a half days of the Consumer Protection Regulatory training, concluding on the 20th November.

3rd Micro Finance Awards – Fiji

November
13
Date and time: 13-11-2015 05:00 PM - 13-11-2015 06:00 PM
Venue: Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva
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The Microfinance Awards hosted by the Reserve Bank of Fiji, honours and recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions of some of the best micro-entrepreneurs and microfinance service providers in Fiji.

The theme for our Awards is “Bringing out the Best” in the area of microfinance.

Award categories for 2015 t

  1. Best Microfinance Entrepreneur – Individual;
  2. Best Microfinance Entrepreneur – Partnership;
  3. Best Microfinance Young Entrepreneur; and
  4. Best Microfinance Service Provider – Institution.

Similar to our past occasions, the Microfinance Service Providers have nominated several of their best microfinance entrepreneurs to the Individual, Partnership and Young Entrepreneur categories and will also qualify as entrants to the Institution category.

Nominations for all entries closed on the 31st August 2015, to allow for a thorough assessment of all applications received.  A panel of judges have assessed all the nominations based on specific criteria set out by the Awards Committee. 

This year our sponsors include:

  1. Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (Gold Sponsor)
  2. ANZ Bank (Gold)
  3. Life Insurance Corporation of India (Silver)
  4. Westpac Banking Corporation (Silver)
  5. Bank South Pacific (Silver)
  6. Bank of Baroda (Bronze)
  7. HFC Bank (Bronze)

 

National Financial Inclusion Strategy Workshop – Fiji

November
13
Date and time: 13-11-2015 08:00 AM - 13-11-2015 05:00 PM
Venue: Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva, Fiji
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On 13 November the Reserve Bank of Fiji in partnership with the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme will host a consultation workshop to seek stakeholder’s participation in agreeing on Fiji’s National Financial Inclusion Strategic Plan (2016-2020). The proposed strategy is formulated to build on the achievements from the first national strategy (2010-2014) and the results from the demand side survey and other reports published over the years.

The opportunities for expanding financial inclusion in Fiji include:

  1. Expanding account ownership among the unbanked;
  2. Increasing the use of accounts among those who already have an account; and
  3. Improve the quality of existing financial services targeted to the recently included and excluded.

This strategic plan will be achieved through a multi-stakeholder, integrated approach as has been established under the National Financial Inclusion Taskforce framework. Under this framework there is a need for the support and collaboration of national stakeholders from the public and private sectors, civil society groups, development partners and donor agencies in achieving a common goal of financial inclusion.

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Opportunities and Challenges for Digital Financial Services – PNG

November
05
Date and time: 05-11-2015 08:00 AM - 05-11-2015 05:00 PM
Venue: Crown Plaza, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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To create space for conversation, awareness raising, interaction and assessment of current perspectives regarding Digital Finance Services (DFS) in PNG.

Event cosponsored by the Bank of PNG and PFIP