Day 1

 08:30           Registration & welcome coffee
SESSION 1 - OPENING PLENARY
 09:00            Welcome and Opening Address
 09:20            Financial Inclusion: Enabling Growth

  • Enabling Asia’s growth through increasing access to financial services
  • Capitalizing on an opportunity to realize impact on an unprecedented scale

 09:45            Universal Financial Access by 2020

  • Opportunities and challenges of providing financial services to over 4 billion people
  • What is needed to ensure we reach the SDG targets on time?
 10:10            Networking Break
SESSION 2 - COMING OF AGE OF AN INDUSTRY
 10:50            Blended Finance

  • What is the current status quo of blended finance in Asia?
  • How does it support financial institutions?
  • What is needed to further expand its reach and impact?

 11:40            Financing SMEs - A Catalyst for Impact

  • Trends in SME financing in the region
  • How to enable growth for enterprises throughout the region?
  • What players are instrumental in growing a burgeoning SME market?
 12:30            Lunch
SESSION 3 - COUNTRY DEEPDIVES
 13:45 Thailand

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  13:45 Mongolia

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  13:45 The Philippines

  • Outlook and growth expectations
  • The role of (cross-border) remittances in financial markets
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  14:30 Afghanistan

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  14:30 Myanmar
  • What are the most pressing challenges of today for Banks and MFIs?
  • Where do these challenges align and where do the differ?
  • How does the current regulatory environment affect financial institutions, and what does it impose?
  •  13:45 Bangladesh

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  15:50            Networking Break
    SESSION 4 - BROADENING THE REACH AND SCOPE
     16:30            Gender Lens Financing

    • Mapping the market opportunity
    • Identifying key financing challenges for female founders
    • Lessons learned from investing in the female economy

     17:20            International Banks and their Impact on the Ground throughout the Region

    • How commercial and investment banks support the local financial markets?
    • What impact is sought after, and how to connect needs with means?
    • Outlook for a changing FI landscape

     18:15            Wrap-up day 1 and closing words
     18:30            Networking cocktail reception
     19:30            Conference dinner

    Day 2

     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

    • Review of latest transactions and market updates
    • What do valuations look like for 2019?
      10:00            Money market matters - mitigating and managing risks

    • Keys to developing stable and inclusive money market ecosystems
    • Lessons learned by central and regional banks in money market transactions
    • Solving challenges in legal enforceability that inhibit investor comfort and recourse
     10:50            Networking Break
    SESSION 6 - DISRUPTION & INNOVATION
     11:30            Disruptive Innovations and Trends in Asia’s Financial Markets

    • How do impact and development investors support local financial markets?
    • What do investors look for and how do they approach new markets?
    • Can we align efforts and goals?
     12:10            AWARD CEREMONY - Disruptive Ideas for Financial Inclusion

    • 3 finalists will pitch their disruptive ideas for the chance to win an award
    • The audience and jury will vote for the best innovation
    • An award ceremony will be held for the winner
     12:45            Networking Lunch - Co-located with Country Focused Roundtables
    SESSION 7 - EMERGING SECTORS & COUNTRY DEEPDIVES
     13:45 Leasing models

  • Understanding the role and importance of leasing models
  • Current status of leasing models in the region
  • What role can leasing companies fulfill?
  •  13:45 Agri-business & Forestry

  • Overview of business models and opportunities across the region
  • Successful initiatives and options for scaling up
  •  13:45 Uzbekistan

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  13:45 Sustainable housing finance

  • Status and outlook for inclusive housing markets
  • Financing opportunities and challenges in the region
  •  13:45 Green Finance

  • Sustainable energy and resource efficiency, in practise
  • How green is the industry and how to unlock a greener economy?
  • What existing initiative should guide the markets?
  •  13:45 Indonesia

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  15:15            Networking Break
    SESSION 8 - 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 Nepal

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  13:45 Vietnam

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  13:45 Sri-Lanka

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  13:45 Cambodia

  • Outlook and expectations in 2019 and beyond?
  • Opportunities and developments with impact?
  • Opportunities and challenges for financial institutions and for entrepreneurs
  •  13:45 Pakistan

  • How can financial institutions thrive in a difficult macroeconomic environment?
  • How do national institutions, like the State Bank, assist the industry?
  •  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