The Pacific Islands countries are challenged by low financial inclusion rates, with almost one-third of the population unbanked/underbanked. Obstacles to greater financial inclusion include low and scarce population, limited economic resources, and poor financial and technological literacy. Moreover, the markets are highly fragmented in the region, imposing high costs on the service providers.
Yet, with new fintechs and market entrants, the opportunity to develop an aggregated pan-regional digital payments platform has never been more significant. However, a key element to the success of DFS will be a multi-stakeholder engagement strategy to make sure all parties are involved, well-informed, and on the same page.
During this webinar brought to you by UNCDF Pacific in collaboration with Kapronasia, we dig deeper into these challenges and discuss opportunities for digital payment aggregation in the Pacific region. The webinar will also discuss what is different this time and look at the next steps that will be key to moving in the needle on digital payments.
Webinar: Leveraging Digital Payments to address Financial Inclusion in the Pacific
Date: Tuesday September 14th, 2021
8:00am-9:00am CET (Brussels)
Join us on September 14th for our upcoming virtual expert panel, “Leveraging Digital Payments to address Financial Inclusion in the Pacific,” hosted by UNCDF in collaboration with Kapronasia. This timely discussion features key industry leaders, regulators and experts from development sector who will share their insights on how Pacific Islands countries can make the most of the opportunity offered by digital payments aggregation in the region.
- Ariff Ali, Governor, Reserve Bank of Fiji
- Tessa Price, Regional Executive - Pacific, ANZ Bank
- Sam Saili, CEO of SkyEye
- Bram Peters, Regional Manager Pacific, UNCDF
- Zennon Kapron, Director, Kapronasia (Moderator)