Harnessing Digital Technology for Financial Inclusion in Asia and the Pacific

March 14
10:00 am 
– 11:30 am
 (Indochina)
Bangkok
Online
ESCAP

The significance of strengthening economic growth and sustainable development through financial inclusion is critical for the Asia-Pacific region. Harnessing the advent of digital technology to enable financial inclusion is one of the most promising opportunities to bring millions of unserved and underserved people across the region into the formal financial sector. This is especially true for people who are living at the base of the economic pyramid (BoEP) and for women, who are disproportionately marginalised.

However, while the promise of digital finance is appealing, the introduction of digital services does not solve many of the root causes of financial exclusion and also creates new challenges for those at the BoEP. Policymakers and regulators have an important role to play to ensure that digital services are delivered responsibly and that they are achieving the desired outcomes including enhanced resilience and economic opportunity for women and other disadvantaged groups.

In response, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with the Griffith Asia Institute (GAI), have developed a Policy Guidebook to support the region’s policy makers and regulators to capitalize on the opportunity to harness digital technology as an effective means to advance financial inclusion and enhance the wellbeing of those at the BoEP, including women.

This webinar will examine the policy tools and case studies outlined in the Policy Guidebook to demonstrate specific actions governments can take to enable effective digital financial inclusion. The webinar will also feature a panel discussion with experts from the region to provide additional insights and commentary on the issues.

Programme of the Policy Guidebook Launch event, please click –> here

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