May 11, 2015
The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) and the United Nations Pacific Financial Inclusion
Program (PFIP) has sent four local business and bank officials to attend a high level agents
training in the Philippines this week.
Julie Gegeu Haro and Elizabeth Sodu from the Premier Group of Companies (third party
agency managers for ANZ go Money), Alphonse Taoti, Branchless Banking Manager of BSP
and Joyce Nukumuna, Team Leader of Everywhere Banking from Westpac Bank are now
attending a one week high level Core Agents Network Management training course at the
Helix Institute of Digital Finance in Manila city.
The United Nations Pacific Financial Inclusion Program partnering with CBSI has been in the
forefront of several financial inclusion activities in the Solomon Islands and the Pacific
region, and as a result of its catalysing role in supporting the roll out of innovative financial
products and services, together they are now also providing training opportunities for
With the mobile and branchless banking now spreading all across the country, the view to
improve on the bank agent’s network management and increasing their capacity of all local
bank officials has been greatly considered. This is to better manage all agents in order to
provide greater and efficient service to the people. PFIP has therefore provided full
scholarship support to the four officers to attend this training as a way forward for Solomon
Islands in this area.
The four officers were given a pre-departure briefing by Krishnan Narasimhan, Financial
Inclusion Specialist, PFIP based in Honiara last week. The attendees will return with greater
knowledge to share and help improve bank agency networking and management.
PFIP is a Pacific-wide programme helping low-income households gain access to quality and
affordable financial services and financial education. It is jointly managed by the UN Capital
Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and
receives funding from the Australian Government, the European Union and the New
PFIP operates from the UNDP Pacific Centre in Suva, Fiji and has offices in Papua New
Guinea and Solomon Islands. It will open an office in Samoa in early 2015.