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Asia Microfinance Forum 2014

4 August 2014 - 8 August 2014

Asia Microfinance Forum 2014

Asia Microfinance

The Banking With The Poor Network (BWTP) and The Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC), in partnership with the Citi Foundation as Lead Partner and The China Association of Microfinance (CAM) as Local Host, held the Asia Microfinance Forum 2014 in Shanghai, China, 4 – 8 August 2014.

Two world leaders in microfinance opened the Asia Microfinance Forum 2014 as keynote speakers: Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG, Founder and Chairperson of BRAC; and Mr Robert Annibale, Global Director of Citi Microfinance and Community Development.

The AMF is one of the leading events in the region for organisations and individuals interested in providing and promoting inclusive and sustainable financial services in Asia. This event attracts a wide range of stakeholders including central banks, heads of government, microfinance practitioners, advocates, educational institutions, mobile phone and telecommunications companies, donor agencies, international financial institutions, NGOs, domestic government agencies, commercial banks, community-based savings institutions, technology and software companies, and a range of other organisations from across Asia and outside the region.

Asia MicrofinanceMembers of the BWTP Network identified a range of priority challenges and opportunities for achieving greater financial inclusion in Asia. The AMF provided a platform to seek solutions to these challenges and support organisations to better take advantage of opportunities by stimulating fresh thinking and building the capacity of stakeholders and institutions.

AMF delegates participated in several Plenary and Panel sessions to learn about new initiatives, discuss and debate ‘best practice’, exchange knowledge and build partnerships to increase progress towards achieving greater financial inclusion in the region. Alongside these sessions were multiple intensive workshops offering delegates further opportunities to share experience, build capacity and network with other stakeholders, tailored to address specific priority topics and led by industry leaders.

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AMF Presentations

Day One

Opening Session: Welcoming Remarks

Zhang Rui


Opening Session: Keynote Panel (video):

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC

Mr. Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Microfinance and Community Development


Panel Session: The Role of State Owned Banks in Financial Inclusion

Ms. Puan Nilammasri Ja’afar

Shao Zhibao

Shri Dilip V Deshpande


Panel Session: Creating Demand-Driven Products and Services

Krishna Thacker

Leesa Shrader

S G Anil Kumar


Panel Session: Financial Inclusion Policy and Regulation

Chuchi G. Fonacier

Ed Jimenez

Eric Duflos

Michael Joyce

Day Two

Plenary Session: China Session – State of the Industry and Ways Forward

Bai Chengyu

He Guangwen

Sun Jiawei


Plenary Session: Tracking the Promise of Financial Inclusion

Elizabeth Larson

Kamrul Tarafder

Royston Braganza


Panel Session: Design and Delivery of Effective Agri-Microfinance

Conor Smith

Laura Goldman

Tomas Gomez IV

Yi Jiang


Panel Session: Reaching the Financially Excluded and Demonstrating Impact

Katie Hoffman

Dina Pons

Sophy Pum

Allan Robert Sicat


Panel Session: Microfinance as a Catalyst for Industry and SME Growth

Chea Phalarin

Gaamaa Hishigsuren and Mr. Ricardo Martin Garcia Tafur

Mary Jane Perreras

Sun Tianqi

Day Three

Panel Session: Re-thinking Microfinance Based on Behavioural Economics

Beniamino Savonitto

Joshy Jacob

Kamisah Abd Kadir


Panel Session: Investing in Asia: Opportunities, Challenges and Impact

Fernanda Lima

Maud Savary-Mornet

Radhika Shroff

Swapnil Kant Neeraj


Panel Session: Peer- to- Peer (P2P) Microfinance

Nicolas Lafaye

Soul Htite

Wang Zhengyu

Zhou Zhihan


Panel Session: Leveraging the Use of Remittances

Nimal Fernando

Pedro Tigre De Vasconcelos

Rolando Victoria

Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas


Small Group Workshop: Advancing Financial Capability through Innovative Approaches

Accion International


Small Group Workshop: FinED Fiji – A Classroom Experience

Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP)

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