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Connecting investors and investees to advance financial inclusion

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AFIForum 2019 is the inaugural edition of an annual gathering that will become the largest forum for the impact community and the financial sector in Asia. 

The forum is building partnerships with more than 50 leading development finance institutions and impact investors that seek to advance financial inclusion in Asia. AFIForum has the ambition to foster dialogue between investors and the financial sector to catalyze debt raising, equity investments and technical assistance programs. It also combines a truly unique networking opportunity with an enticing and informative line-up of speakers to tackle the most relevant topics of the moment.

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What to expect

 

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AFIForum brings together the entire value-chain for Asia's financial services sector under one roof.

 
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Meet over 500 of the world's leading investors and investees in Asia's financial markets

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Facilitated networking and matchmaking activities to connect with the right players


Over 50 speakers from around the world sharing their insights and expertise

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In-depth content focusing on key trends and solutions for inclusive financial services


Focus on the entire continent and zoom in to the most relevant markets

 

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For this first edition in Bangkok, AFIForum is targeting 500+ delegates from the financial sector (banks, microfinance institutions, leasing companies) coming from 15 Asian countries, 100+ institutional investors from around the globe, central bankers, consultants, experts and 50+ speakers in our country focused and thematic sessions. 

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Program at a glance

 

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Day 1

 08:30      Registration & welcome coffee
SESSION 1 - OPENING PLENARY
 08:45       Welcome and Opening Address
 09:00       Financial Inclusion: Enabling Growth
 09:45       Universal Financial Access by 2020
 10:30      Networking Break
SESSION 2 - COMING OF AGE OF AN INDUSTRY
 11:00       Blended Finance
 11:00       Mongolia
 11:50       Financing MSMEs - A Catalyst for Impact
 11:50       Afghanistan
 12:40      Lunch
 13:00       Advancing solutions for "Forgotten" markets
SESSION 3 - MARKET DEEPDIVES
 14:00       Green Finance
 14:00       The Philippines
 14:45       Sustainable Banking and Overseas Investment
 14:45       Bangladesh
 15:45      Networking Break
 15:45       Local Currency
SESSION 4 - BROADENING THE REACH AND SCOPE
 16:15       Gender Lens Financing
 16:15       Vietnam
 17:05     Agri-business and Forestry
 17:05       Pakistan

 17:55       Wrap-up day 1 and closing words
 18:10            Networking cocktail reception
 19:30            Conference dinner

Day 2

 08:30      Registration & welcome coffee
SESSION 5 - SCALING UP EQUITY AND DEBT INITIATIVES
 08:45       Welcome and Opening Address
08:50    Mobilizing private equity for inclusive finance

 08:50       Uzbekistan

 09:40    Money markets matter - mitigating and managing risk

 09:40       Indonesia

 10:30      Networking Break
 10:30       Ensuring Responsible Exits
SESSION 6 - INNOVATION

 11:00     Disruptive Innovations and Trends in Asia’s Financial Markets

 11:00       Cambodia

 11:50    DISRUPTIVE IDEAS CHALLENGE - 3 pitches from shortlisted candidates including interactive voting
 12:45      Lunch
 13:00       Blockchain
SESSION 7 - MARKET DEEPDIVES
 14:00   Building climate resilient incomes for rural households

 14:00       Nepal

 14:50    Myanmar commercial and MFI case studies

 14:50       Sri Lanka

 15:50      Networking Break
SESSION 8 - TOWARDS AN INCLUSIVE FUTURE
 16:20    Making leasing models work in microfinance

 16:20              India

 17:10     Sustainable Housing finance

 17:10              Thailand

 18:00            AWARD CEREMONY AND NETWORKING RECEPTION