Global Forum on Financial Inclusion for Development 2013

global forum on financial inclusion for developmentIn 2013, on October 24 and 25 the UPU held a “Global Forum on Financial Inclusion for Development” in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the International Organization of La Francophonie. It took place in the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

The programme is available here. Summary reports are available in English and in French. All presentations are available below:

Day 1opening session

Migrant Remittances as a tool for Economic Development

Session 1: Opening Session

Speech 1: Bishar A. Hussein, UPU

Speech 2: H.E. Ridha Bouabid, International Organization of la Francophonie

Speech 3: H.E. Alexandre Fasel, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and to the other international organizations in Geneva

Speech 4: William Lacy Swing, International Organization for Migration


Session 2: Can remittances be an engine for economic and social development? (Post-2015 Development Agenda)

Moderator: Pedro de Vasconcelos, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Presentation 1: David Bicchetti, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Presentation 2: Samia Kazil Aoul-Chaillou, International Labour Organization

Speech 1: Lars Lönnback, International Organization for Migration

Presentation 3: Adrien Champey, PlaNet Finance


Session 3: Remittances cost-reduction as a development goal

Moderator: Massimo Cirasino, World Bank

Presentation 1: Basilio Toth, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy

Speech 1: Stéphane Gallet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France

Presentation 2: Marc Hollanders, Bank for International Settlements

Presentation 3: Pascal Clivaz, Universal Postal Union

Opportunities for Posts in Financial Inclusion


Session 4: Financial inclusion through Posts: challenges and opportunities

Moderator: Alexandre Berthaud, UPU

Presentation 1: Dorothe Singer, World Bank

Presentation 2: Alessandra Grassi, Mastercard

Presentation 3: Mayada El-Zoghbi, CGAP

Presentation 4: Patrick Mommeja, Allianz Africa

Presentation 5: Anne-Françoise Lefèvre, Financial Action Task Force


Session 5: Financial services through mobile phones: business models for the Post

Moderator: Tillman Bruett, United Nations Capital Development Fund

Presentation 1: Prof. Jean-Louis Arcand, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Presentation 2: Nayeb Delowar Hossain, Bangladesh Post

Presentation 3: Zouheir Elloumi, Tunisia Post

Presentation 4: Ade Shonubi, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Scheme

Presentation 5: Cécile Barayre-El Shami, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Presentation 6: Reinhard Scholl, International Telecommunication Union


Day 2

New Business Models for the Posts

Session 1: Microinsurance: a new economic model for the Posts?

Moderator: Craig Churchill, International Labour Organization

Presentation 1: M’hamed El-Moussaoui, Al Barid Bank

Presentation 2: Hassan Chakib, Wafa Assurance Morocco

Presentation 3: Basile Worou, NSIA Mali

Presentation 4: Wandé Diakité, La Poste du Mali

Presentation 5: Padmini Gopinath, India Post


Session 2: Postal banks: the solution to financial exclusion?

Moderator: M’hamed El-Moussaoui, Al Barid Bank

Presentation 1: Boniface Boudiala, Gabon Post

Presentation 2: Leandro Caputo, Argentina Post

Presentation 3: Dominique Freymond, Swiss Post Ltd

Presentation 4: Josefina De la Cruz, Philippine Postal Corporation

Enabling postal financial inclusion: the role of partners


Session 3: The Role of the Authorities in Postal Financial Inclusion

Moderator: José Ansón, UPU

Presentation 1: H.E. Bahiya Massoundi, Ministry of Posts and Communications of Comoros

Presentation 2: Innocent Ndabarushimana, Central Bank of Burundi

Presentation 3: Abukar Dahir, Central Bank of Somalia

Presentation 4: Roeloff Goosen, National Treasury of South Africa


tillman bruettSession 4: Development Partners’ Role in Postal Financial Inclusion

Moderator: Nils Clotteau, UPU

Presentation 1: Megan Oxman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Presentation 2: Hans Boon, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Presentation 3: Tillman Bruett, United Nations Capital Development Fund

“Everybody wants to work with the Post…because you are a sleeping beauty. [The Post] has everything we want…location, customers, and the nostalgia of being the Post Office…The problem is while you were asleep, the world has changed, and you have to adapt to the times…It’s time to make yourself attractive to donors” – Mr Tillman Bruett, UNCDF

Presentation 4: Massimo Cirasino, World Bank

Session 5: Closing Session

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