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Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) Symposium

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 to Friday, December 1, 2017

​The first edition of the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) Symposium will be held in Bangalore, India, from 29 November to 1 December 2017. The Symposium is being organized jointly by the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), jointly with  the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank and the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructure (CPMI) and the kind support of the Government of India. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Theme of the Symposium is Innovative Approaches to Digital Financial Inclusion Challenges

The main objectives of the Symposium are to:

  • provide a unique platform for regulators, policymakers and DFS experts to share lessons learned about the different digital financial models and services, the regulatory sandbox approach, ways to mitigate risks in fast changing ICT and digital payment environments, and the impact of emerging technologies on the ecosystem;
  • showcase digital financial inclusion initiatives and innovations taking place at the international level; and
  • provide thought leadership on digital financial inclusion strategies and technological innovations in the area of DFS.

The event will bring together telecom/ICT and financial regulators, policymakers, digital financial services providers, payment system organizations and other DFS stakeholders from around the world. The first day of the event is dedicated to the meetings of the FIGI working groups and is on invitation only. The second and third days are open for participation and features a series of thematic workshops, country showcases and capacity building for regulators to keep up to date with developme​nts and technological innovations in DFS. The Symposium concludes with the adoption by participants of a set of best practice guidelines and pledge to accelerate digital financial inclusion. The Symposium also offers a unique networking opportunity with the different stakeholders and players in the DFS ecosystem. ​