CONNECTING INVESTORS AND INVESTEES IN ASIA'S FINANCIAL MARKETS

AFIForum 2019 is the inaugural edition of Asia’s annual gathering of the leading financiers, entrepreneurs and investors focusing on financial inclusion. The first edition will land in Bangkok, in January 2019.

The forum enables attendants to connect with the most relevant lenders and borrowers active throughout the region. It combines a unique networking opportunity with an enticing and informative line-up of speakers that represent existing market leaders, future market shakers and their financiers.

An estimated 1 billion people in the region lack access to formal banking services. AFIForum is a business platform that seeks to bridge this gap by connecting lenders with borrowers providing innovative micro and SME financing solutions in Asia. Together we strive for Universal Financial Access.

 

What to expect at AFIForum 2019:

  • 200+ participants covering the entire region’s financing value chain

  • Active matchmaking facilitation

  • 2 day program with market leaders and pioneers

  • Over 10 hours of dedicated networking time

 08:30           Registration & welcome coffee
SESSION 5 - SCALING UP DEBT AND EQUITY INITIATIVES
 09:00            Welcome words and recap of Day 1
 09:10            Drawing private equity into the MFI sectors

  10:00            Money market matters - mitigating and managing risks

 10:50            Networking Break
SESSION 6 - DISRUPTION & INNOVATION
 11:30            Disruptive Innovations and Trends in Asia’s Financial Markets

 12:10            AWARD CEREMONY - Disruptive Ideas for Financial Inclusion

 12:45            Networking Lunch - Co-located with Country Focused Roundtables
SESSION 7 - COUNTRY DEEPDIVES
 13:45              India

  • What has happened in the biggest microfinance market in 2018?
  • Which key risks are prevailing in the country?
  • Setting expectations for 2019 and what to look out for?
  •  13:45              Uzbekistan

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  14:30              Niche Markets: Does Size Matter?

  • Is there space for smaller countries?
  • How to attract or set up an impactful industry?
  •  14:30              Pakistan

  • How can financial institutions thrive in a difficult macroeconomic environment?
  • How do national institutions, like the State Bank, assist the industry?
  •  15:15            Networking Break
    SESSION 8 - EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES BY SECTOR
     16:00              Making leasing models work in microfinance

  • Current status of the business model in the region
  • What role can leasing companies fulfill?
  •  16:00              Green Finance

  • How green is the industry and how to enable a greener economy?
  • What existing initiatives can guide the industry?
  •  16:45              Housing Finance

  • Status and outlook for inclusive housing markets
  • Financing opportunities and challenges in the region
  •  16:45              Agri-Finance

  • Overview of business models and opportunities across the region
  • Successful initiatives and options for scaling up
  •  17:15            Closing the loop, universal financial access by 2020

    • What will drive the conversation coming year?
    • Where should the industry focus their efforts?
    • What pitfalls to avoid?
     18:00            Closing Words and Recap
     18:30            End of Conference with Networking Cocktail Reception