Events

3rd Asia Finance Forum: The Future of Inclusive Finance

04 November 2019 to 07 November 2019
Manila
Philippines

The Third Finance Forum envisioned the future of inclusive finance by discussing how new technologies like artificial intelligence, big data, and blockchain, the rapid expansion of mobile payments and digital banking, are helping to bring financial services to unbanked communities. Under its overarching theme, “The Future of Inclusive Finance”, featured sessions on:

(i) combining fintech innovation, public-private collaboration, and enabling regulation to reach the poorest;
(ii) driving actual usage as the next step to providing financial access;
(iii) the importance of cybersecurity in today’s digital world; and
(iv) the growth of new entrants: how are they disrupting traditional financial services.

The breakout sessions focused on the significance of interoperable payment systems, how alternative credit scoring models and P2P platforms and microinsurance are evolving, the benefits of digital ID benefits for financial services, how SupTech and RegTech are empowering regulators in new financial technologies and lastly, how regulatory and industry sandboxes are enabling regulatory supervision and the development of regulation. 

To supplement the discussion at the 3rd Asia Finance Forum, the following pre-forum activities were also organized on 4-5 November 2019:

(i) Women’s Financial Inclusion session on 4 November
(ii) ADB-OECD Disaster Risk Management Financing and Technology session on 5 November
(iii) Fintech boot camp on 4–5 November

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
04 Nov 2019 Special Event Innovations and Investments for Gender Equality —The Private Sector as Gamechangers for Women’s Economic Empowerment
04 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Digital Business Building: Using Innovation in Building a Bank for the Future
What is a digital bank and how is this different from a traditional bank? What is the landscape of digital banking businesses today? What is...
Ervin Ng, Vikram Khanna
04 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Accelerating Green Financing with Emerging Technology: A Practical Guide to Emerging Technology, Green Digital Bonds and Country Readiness Mapping
Digitization of finance is a historic opportunity to align tomorrow’s fintech-powered financial system with the Paris agreement and the green...
Katherine Foster
04 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Blockchain 101
04 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Retail Central Bank Digital Currencies
Today, cryptos are, at best, a highly speculative asset or, at worst, a means of exchange for the criminal fraternity. This presentation looks...
Philip Middleton
04 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Alternative Credit Scoring
04 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Blockchain Concepts and Applications
04 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Cyber Crime: The Known Unknown Emerging Exposure
Cybercrime is the most underestimated economic risk. Without proper understanding and a managed-risk approach to handling it, countries are ...
Peter Hacker
04 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Responsible Digital Finance Services
This presentation shares some strategies for embedding responsible finance in digital financial services at the country level.
Hema Bansal
04 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Convergence of Blockchain Technology and Regulation
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
05 Nov 2019 Special Event: Policy Dialogue on Leveraging Technology and Innovation for Disaster Risk Management and Financing Leveraging Technology and Innovation in Disaster Risk Management and Finance
Learn how to use technology in disaster risk management.
Oliver Walker
05 Nov 2019 Special Event: Policy Dialogue on Leveraging Technology and Innovation for Disaster Risk Management and Financing WRMS Crop Risk Management Solutions
WRMS promotes smart and sustainable farming in India. Download this presentation to learn more about their work. 
Sonu Agrawal
05 Nov 2019 Special Event: Policy Dialogue on Leveraging Technology and Innovation for Disaster Risk Management and Financing Policy Dialogue on Leveraging Technology and Innovation for Disaster Risk Management and Financing
Under the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, strategies to achieve sustainable development and environmental protection—including climate...
Paola Sherina Alvarez
05 Nov 2019 Special Event: Policy Dialogue on Leveraging Technology and Innovation for Disaster Risk Management and Financing The Private Sector in Disaster Risk Reduction Management
Know more about the role of the private sector in disaster risk reduction and management. 
Guillermo Luz
05 Nov 2019 Special Event: Policy Dialogue on Leveraging Technology and Innovation for Disaster Risk Management and Financing Information-intelligence-based Disaster Risk Management
This presentation tackles how to apply science, information, communications, scenario, big data and open data for actions in the context...
Wei Sen Li
05 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Regulatory Sandboxes: An Enabling Environment for Financial Services Innovation
A regulatory sandbox is a formal regulatory initiative to live-test new products, services, or business models on a time- and scope-limited ...
Kieran Garvey
05 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Digital Identity 101
Know more about the challenges related to digital identity in the finance sector, and how these could be addressed.
David Shrier
05 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp AI for Financial Inclusion
Digital payments are an “on-ramp” to financial inclusion and Visa has spent the last 60 years connecting hundreds of millions of people and ...
Meri Rosich
05 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Regtech and suptech: How digitizing reporting and regulatory processes boosts the efficiency and proactive monitoring of risk and compliance
Regtech includes any use of technology to automate regulatory compliance or oversight processes. The term was first used to describe compliance...
Kieran Garvey
05 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Remittances: Harnessing the $1 Trillion Remittance Market to Accelerate Access to Inclusive Finance
It is estimated that the money international migrants send home annually exceeds US$1 trillion (including informal transfers) and is significantly...
Leon Isaacs
05 Nov 2019 ADB Fintech Boot Camp Mobile Money Embracing Payments as a Platform in Asia
After a decade of growth, mobile money continues to provide innovative services that are having a profound commercial and social impact in emerging...
Ruan Swanepoel
05 Nov 2019 AgriFin Innovation Challenge Asenso Winston Damarillo
05 Nov 2019 AgriFin Innovation Challenge FarmTrek Blockchain Ecosystem
FarmTrek is a solution of InfoCorp Technologies, an integrated FinTech and AgriTech company that aims to bring inclusive financial services ...
Ling Soon Ng
05 Nov 2019 AgriFin Innovation Challenge Tanijoy
Tanijoy builds an agricultural ecosystem where farmers can be more independent, collaborative and interconnected through technology. The...
Muhamad Nanda Putra
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
06 Nov 2019 Keynote Opening The Digital Revolution: Access to Finance for All
The keynote explores: the role of the ICT sector, 6 building blocks to create a digital revolution, 3 populations to be targeted with their ...
Rama Sridhar
06 Nov 2019 Session 1: Inclusive Finance: Combining Fintech Innovation, Public-Private Collaboration, and Responsive Regulation to Reach the Poorest Inclusive Finance: Combining Fintech Innovation, Public-Private Collaboration, and Responsive Regulation to Reach the Poorest
06 Nov 2019 Session 2: Turning financial access into actual usage: The power of financial literacy Turning Financial Access Into Actual Usage: The Power of Financial Literacy
06 Nov 2019 Session 3: Breaking barriers to widen financial access through innovation: Stories from the field Philippines: Cloud Based Core Banking to Expand Reach of Banking Services
In June 2017, ADB and Cantilan Bank Inc. (CBI) signed an agreement to conduct a pilot study on cloud-based core banking technology. The pilot...
Antonio Separovic
06 Nov 2019 Session 3: Breaking barriers to widen financial access through innovation: Stories from the field Georgia: Unlocking Innovations for Development through Digital Financial Services
ADB is supporting a pilot project with Finca Bank Georgia to increase access to finance to rural SMEs and smallholder farmers through the digitization...
Nino Bigvava
06 Nov 2019 Session 3: Breaking barriers to widen financial access through innovation: Stories from the field Papua New Guinea: A Digital Access Tool to Promote Financial Inclusion
ADB is developing a digital access tool in Papua New Guinea.
Trudi Egi
06 Nov 2019 Special Session Tech Policy Toolkits
How do you create an enabling environment for technology-driven innovation? Download this presentation to know more.
David Shrier
06 Nov 2019 Session 4A: Going cashless: The importance of interoperable payment systems Going Cashless: The Importance of Interoperable Payment Systems
06 Nov 2019 Session 4B: Brave new lending: The promise of alternative credit scoring models and P2P lending platforms Brave new lending: The Promise of Alternative Credit Scoring Models and P2P Lending Platforms
06 Nov 2019 Session 4C: Microinsurance: Expanding through education, technology, and stakeholder cooperation Empowering Women through Digital Finance
Digital Sakhi has helped several underprivileged women rewrite their future. The aim of the program is to develop a team of 100 ‘Digital Sakhis...
Richa Pant
06 Nov 2019 Digital Finance Marketplace Showcasing Financial Services Solutions
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
07 Nov 2019 Keynote Opening Balancing Risk and Innovation [Slides] [Documents] Digital finance will blur ‘real economy’ sector boundaries. Download this presentation to learn more. Nick Hughes
07 Nov 2019 Session 5: Central bank digital currencies: The good, the bad, and the ugly Central Bank Digital Currencies: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
07 Nov 2019 Session 6: Cybersecurity: Managing risk across the fintech ecosystem Cybersecurity: Managing Risk Across the Fintech Ecosystem
07 Nov 2019 Session 7A: Digital ID: The answer to speeding up know-your-customer and transactions with digital ease? Digital ID: The Answer to Speeding up Know-Your-Customer and Transactions with Digital Ease?
Who owns a person’s identity? How secure is biometric authentication? These questions are critical because identity verification...
07 Nov 2019 Session 7B: Suptech and regtech: Creating more transparent, tech, and data-driven approaches for supervisors and regulators SupTech and RegTech
Learn more about SupTech and RegTech and how to create a more transparent technology and data-driven approaches for supervisors and regulators...
Peter Rosenkranz
07 Nov 2019 Session 7B: Suptech and regtech: Creating more transparent, tech, and data-driven approaches for supervisors and regulators SupTech and RegTech (Vizor)
In a digital age, can regulators move fast enough to avoid the creation of technology- enabled monopolies by first ...
Joanne Horgan
07 Nov 2019 Session 7B: Suptech and regtech: Creating more transparent, tech, and data-driven approaches for supervisors and regulators Suptech and Regtech: The Case of Korea
In a digital age, can regulators move fast enough to avoid the creation of technology- enabled monopolies by first ...
Yong-tae Kim
07 Nov 2019 Session 7C: Fast-tracking fintech innovations: Regulatory and industry sandboxes API Exchange (APIX)
API Exchange (APIX) is the world’s first cross-border, open-architecture API marketplace and sandbox platform for collaboration between FinTechs...
Pieter Franken
07 Nov 2019 Session 8: Growth of new entrants: How are they disrupting traditional financial services? Growth of New Entrants: How are They Disrupting Traditional Financial Services?
07 Nov 2019 Way Forward
07 Nov 2019 Closing Remarks

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