Organizers:

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In cooperation with:

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Financial Inclusion Forum.
Leaving No One Behind
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12 June
2019

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UNIT. City Innovation Park
(3 Dorohozhytska Str.)

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According to the World Bank’s latest figures, 37% of Ukrainians still have no access to formal financial services meaning they have no a bank account. The share of people actively using Internet and mobile banking in Ukraine is 7-8 times lower than in Poland and the USA. While in these countries more than 95% of retail payments and transfers are carried out remotely, banks in Ukraine are overloaded with cash transactions. Why is this happening and how can financial services help to eradicate poverty?

Financial inclusion means that citizens and businesses have access to financial products and services regardless of their income, age, place of residence or type of activity. Financial inclusion is globally recognized as one of the most important engines of economic development.

Enhancing financial inclusion is one of the strategic goals of the National Bank of Ukraine as well as one of the country’s top priorities for financial sector reform under the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine.

Higher level of financial inclusion is beneficial for multiple stakeholders:

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  • for regulators and the country as it involves all social groups in financial system that results in GDP increase, inbound foreign investment, contributes to GDP growth, attracting foreign investment, diversification of the financial system, as well as stimulates entrepreneurship development;
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  • for financial service providers, as it increases the number of customers;
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  • for individuals, as it helps to make better use of financial services and to better manage their assets thus improving the overall quality of their lives.

How can financial literacy tackle some of the barriers to financial inclusion? What are the key measures to accelerate financial inclusion of underserved and vulnerable groups? How to build effective public-private partnerships that would harness opportunities to close gaps and better enable financial inclusion?

These and many other issues will be addressed at the second Financial Inclusion Forum which will become a platform for debate and exchanging ideas. International experts, state authorities and business representatives will measure efforts made after the first Financial Inclusion Forum held in 2018 and will agree on further steps towards a financially inclusive society.

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08:30 - 09:30
Registration and welcome coffee
9:30 - 10:10
Opening session
10:10 - 11:10
KNOWLEDGE-SHARING SESSION
FINANCIAL INCLUSION: GLOBAL TRENDS AND PRACTICES
Financial inclusion is on the rise globally, but gains have been uneven across countries. And in order to make national strategy work it is crucial to consider global trends as well as draw on important lessons learned from the successes of a number of international actors engaged in financial inclusion research and programs.
11:10 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00
DISCUSSION PANEL
ACCESS AND USAGE OF FINANCIAL SERVICES BY ALL: WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY?
Achieving financial inclusion requires a deliberate and coordinated approach to identify relevant obstacles and opportunities, leverage linkages across financial and nonfinancial policy areas, and align the efforts of a wide range of stakeholders. The financial inclusion goal could be achieved if all government authorities took a proportionate regulatory approach that would allow many financial institutions greater flexibility in innovating and targeting underserved consumer segments.
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 - 15:30
DISCUSSION PANEL
FINANCIAL LITERACY: HELPING UKRAINIANS BE IN CONTROL OF THEIR FINANCIAL LIVES
Informed consumers are the other important prerequisite for financial inclusion in Ukraine. Such individuals make better financial decisions, as well as they support the effectiveness of the financial system by demanding more sophisticated financial services. An empowering environment that facilitates competition, promotes innovation and the use of technology, addresses risks in a proportionate manner, and empowers financial consumers to make informed choices is critical to improving financial inclusion and consumer protection.
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30
DISCUSSION PANEL
BUSINESS AND INNOVATIONS: A TANDEM OF BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY
Globally new technologies and payment innovations such as mobile money have proved to be a catalyst for greater financial inclusion, but there is no ‘one size fits it all’ solution. It is necessary to strike a balance between tackling regional challenges, unleashing innovations, managing risks and protecting consumers. This requires greater cooperation on multiple fronts, involving government, businesses, banks and fintechs.
17:30 - 17:50
Closing remarks
17:50 - 19:00
Networking
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Country Manager of Mastercard in Ukraine and Moldova
Наталія Бондаренко
Director of Communications Department, National Bank of Ukraine
Роман Борисенко
Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine
Грета Булл
Director, Finance, Competitiveness&Innovation Global Practice, the World Bank Group
Світлана Чирва
Visa Country Manager for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova
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Vice President, Global Programs, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Роберт Дрейк
International Financial Literacy Consultant, USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project, and Director of SmartSteps, Australia
Едуард Хукс
Netherlands Ambassador to Ukraine
Кеннеді КОМБА
Director, Strategy & Financial Inclusion Policy, AFI
Kiril Koseev
Economist, Policy Analyst, Financial Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD
Mircea Muresan
Deputy Director, Financial education and museum department, National Bank of Romania
Віра Платонова
Senior Vice President, Visa Group Country Manager for CIS and South East Europe
Архіт РАО
Head of Business Development, Express Automation, Kenia
Павел Ріхлінскі
Division President for Central&Eastern Europe, Mastercard
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Business Development Director, RENOME-SMART
Яків Смолій
Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine
Ретідзо Старкі
Head of Outreach and Education, Bank of England
Мелані Вілльямс
National Financial Inclusion Coordinator Jamaica’s National Financial Inclusion Council Technical Secretariat
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Рольф Берндт
Practice Manager for Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, IFC, WBG
Кнут ГОЛМЕН
Strategic Advisor, Independent Banking Expert, Norway
Роман Борисенко
Journalist, co-founder of Hromadske Radio
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*Number of guests is limited. Your registration is approved
if you received a confirmation letter from the event organizers.
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UNIT. City Innovation Park

(3 Dorohozhytska Str.)


For questions,
please contact us:
finclusion.forum@bank.gov.ua

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