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MFIN to Host South Asia Conclave on Microfinance, Focusing on Cross Learning

Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) in collaboration with South Asia Micro-Entrepreneurs Network (SAMN) will organize South Asia regional conference on microfinance and financial inclusion, with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressing the inaugural session.

The conclave, second edition in row, will be held on March 8th – 9th, 2016 at Hotel Taj Palace, Delhi and would see representation from six countries including India – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The theme this year is ‘Conclave 2016: Financial Inclusion to Sustainable Development the Road Travelled’.

The two-day conclave organizers said the speakers include Nobel laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Ms. Ratna Sahay – Deputy Director, International Monetary Fund; Mr. Baijayant Panda – Honorable, Member of Parliament; Mr. U.S Paliwal – Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India; Mr. Kiran Karnik – Chairman, Oxfam India; Dr. Kumudhini Saravanamuttu – Director, Policy Review, Central Bank of Sri Lanka; Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh – Founder & Managing Director, Bandhan Bank; Mr. Syed Nadeem Hussain – President & CEO, Tameer Microfinance Bank Ltd., Pakistan; Mr. Royston Braganza – CEO-Grameen Capital, and Mr. Najibullah Samim – Executive Director, Afghanistan Microfinance Association among others.

Over 300 participants across South Asia are expected to attend the conference, which will include representatives from regional development banks, policy makers, microfinance companies, researchers, investors, banks, telecom companies and technology providers among others. The conference will highlight and address the challenges, innovations and opportunities that have been seen in South Asia’s financial inclusion space especially for the low income segment.

The conclave aims to facilitate regional dialogue and increase investment inflows into South Asia and explore how improved access to finance can play in unlocking the economic potential of the region by contributing to job creation, promoting entrepreneurship among youth and women.

Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) is a Self-Regulatory Organisation (SRO) for the microfinance industry in India and its current membership consists of 47 leading NBFC (Non-banking Financial Company – Microfinance Institutions (NBFC-MFIs) in the country. Its aggregate business in the sector constitutes over 85 per cent of the Indian microfinance industry (excluding SHGs).

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