Theme: "Making Financial Inclusion A Reality In Africa: Connecting People To Banking & Financial Service Financial Service "


The Annual Banking & Finance Conference 2017 theme: "Making Financial Inclusion a Reality in Africa: Connecting people to Banking & Financial Service couldn’t be timelier. The 2016 edition was held in Ghana and the 2017 edition will be a continuation of the discussions and a preview of the implementation strides made thus far, as we continue to push the Financial Inclusion agenda in the continent.

Banking and financial services must seek ways to increase their mass and tap into the financially excluded population (which is more than 60 %). The agenda to deliver financial services to those that banks have traditionally not reached should now more than ever be at the top of corporate growth strategy.


ABFC 2017 - The Objective

The conference will also look at new and innovative financial technology solutions that will make financial inclusion possible and profitable. The agenda will include a broad range of case studies, discussions and debates by top speakers from across Africa bringing theoretical and practical experiences on how various sectors can work together to promote financial inclusion.

Key stakeholders will include traditional banks, insurance; NGOs, telcos; retail stores, donors, investors, policymakers, regulators, MFI, FMCGs. Financial institutions must collaborate, partner and learn from non-financial players to expand their products and services to new customer segments. The question then is how do they do this?

The event will be a catalyst for debate, best practice, knowledge exchange and partnerships among the practitioners, policy-makers and other stakeholders seeking to achieve significantly greater financial inclusion in the region.


Who Should Attend?


All institutions that are concerned with financial inclusion

  Retail bankers (Heads and directors of branches, distribution, product development, marketing, cards and payment processing)
  Micro finance
  Insurers
  MFI, policymakers, regulators
  NGO, Development Organisation
  FMCG Trade & Marketing, Retailers
  Telkom
  Banking Technology Solutions Providers
  Consulting and Risk Firms
  Lawyers and Legal Experts
  Professors, Academics and Journalists
  Innovators in the Financial Sector

Themes

Inclusive finance ecosystem is evolving rapidly and Africa's banking & finance sector must adopt its business models.
 
  Barriers to access to financial inclusion - Is agency banking the solution?
  Regulatory and governance hurdles, challenges, changes.
  Financial technology solutions
  Dealing with local perceptions about banking and money
  FMCG, retailers, researches academics their role in Financial Inclusion?
  Client protection and credit reporting?
  Product offerings - Loan or savings? What does your client want?
  Real Value Creation - or how will that look like for each of the stakeholder
  New technologies for new business model
  Shifting from financial education to financial capability
  Lessons from the global arena - Asia and Middle East an Islamic Banking
  Financial exclusion doesn't mean you're necessarily poor or live far from a bank - Rethinking Financial Inclusion.

Expected Results

It is expected that this forum will trigger practical, regional and national investments in initiatives that will support the adoption of structural and policy changes to facilitate financial inclusion for all. Workable and implementable plan of action will be initiated and we are therefore inviting all the stakeholders to ensure their representation at this event. In the long term, it is expected that the event will grow into an rotational regional event bringing together stakeholders from across the region and globe.
 

Structure of the event

As standard with the previous edition of this event, ABFC 2016 edition will be a combination of an experiential conference bringing together different actors in the value chain with the aim of exploiting opportunities most conducive for connecting people to banking and finance in the region.

Alongside the conference, there will be an exhibition platform where actors can showcase products and services. This exhibition will also function as an outstanding deal-making where local, regional and international investors can engage and evaluate promising investment opportunities. Interesting and investable business cases will be presented by various service providers.