Solomon Islands will host Pacific Microfinance Week in 2015

May 18, 2015

The region’s leading event on microfinance and financial inclusion will be held in Honiara from September 21 through 25. Pacific Microfinance Week 2015 will be a week-long series of events, meetings and gatherings of organisations and individuals with an interest in promoting the provision of inclusive and sustainable financial services in the Pacific. This is the fifth Pacific Microfinance Week (PMW) convened by the Microfinance Pasifika Network and follows on from a successful PMW in Nadi in 2013.

PMW 2015 organizer, the Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC), together with major event sponsors the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme and Asian Development Bank, and the Central Bank of Solomon Islands as local host, are pleased with the high level of interest in PMW 2015 both across the Pacific and within the Solomon Islands shown by business and community organisations.

The focus of PMW 2015 is on “Next mile financial services in the Pacific”, and will include panels and workshops on topics such as:

  • Digital finance and delivery channels;
  • Women’s empowerment through access to finance;
  • Growing micro clients’ businesses;
  • Products and services innovation;
  • Value chain microfinance; and
  • A special session on financial inclusion in the Solomon Islands.

“Stakeholders, including private financial services providers, microfinance institutions and NGOs have been actively developing new business models, technology solutions and delivery channels with the aim of reducing poverty and enabling inclusive growth. Governments are also playing a key role and have been developing national financial inclusion strategies and trialling new policy and regulation initiatives. Pacific Microfinance Week is an ideal opportunity to share ideas and solutions to build stronger Pacific Island economies.” says Microfinance Pasifika Network Chairman Tony Westaway.

Over 150 delegates representing microfinance institutions, domestic government agencies, credit unions, community-based institutions, commercial banks, mobile network operators, central banks and regulators, development banks, insurance companies, educational and research institutions, donor groups, NGOs, hardware and software providers, consultants and professional service firms, are expected to attend.

An impressive line-up of speakers, mainly from across the Pacific, as well as Asia, North America and Europe will share their knowledge and experiences. Delegates can look forward to exploring product and delivery innovations in financial inclusion, sharing knowledge and experience with peers across the Pacific, and forming new partnerships to progress ideas and initiatives.

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For more information please go to:
http://www.microfinance-pasifika.org/pmw2015.html
or contact Shawn Hunter, Inclusive Finance Manager, FDC, Brisbane.
Email: shawnhunter@fdc.org.au. Phone: +617 3217 2924