July 18, 2013
[July 15, 2013, Suva]
Seven representatives from financial sectors around the Pacific region have this week begun their training at the Boulder Institute for Microfinance in Turin, Italy.
The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) has provided funding for travel and accommodation for the seven participants, who had benefitted from scholarships to support their tuition.
Of the seven scholars, Sameer Chand from Reserve Bank of Fiji, Isoa Talemaibua from the Ministry of Finance, Savenaca Koro from the Ministry of Trade and Commerce and Denson Denni from the Central Bank of Solomon Islands received tuition scholarships from the EU/ACP Microfinance Programme.
Jyoti Maharaj from Westpac was awarded the Mastercard Foundation scholarship while Andy Philip from the Microfinance Expansion Project in Papua New Guinea received tuition sponsorship from the Bank of Papua New Guinea. PFIP’s Abigail Chang is also attending the training institute.
The annual Boulder Microfinance Training Program is often cited as the prime Microfinance training facility with a world renowned faculty at hand to offer the courses.
Participants at the Boulder MFT are expected to focus on sustainable microfinance over the next three weeks with an unparalleled diversity of perspectives and experiences as participants gather from all over the world. This diversity is expected to spark debate and encourage innovation in terms of strategies as participants return to their home organizations’.
The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) is a joint programme of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with additional funding support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the European Union/Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Microfinance Framework Programme (EU/ACP).