Istanbul Hosts Official Closing of 2015 Global Money Week Celebrations for Youth

The G20 Turkish Presidency welcomed this year’s celebrations of Global Money Week (GMW), an annual series of events across 100-plus countries that support financial education, inclusion, and entrepreneurship for young people.

The week of events every year aims to encourage tomorrow’s adults to combine their voices in support of financial inclusion and financial education, as well as to expand their knowledge and engagement with financial issues.

The Turkish G20 Presidency this year identified financial inclusion for youth as a priority.  

The G20 Turkish Presidency has said it is committed to creating and enhancing economic opportunities for young people. As part of its financial inclusion agenda, Turkey aims to foster discussions about removing barriers for youth in access to finance, stress the importance of youth entrepreneurship, and highlight the crucial role of financial literacy for young people in order to encourage personal financial responsibility.

Turkey officially closed the 2015 GMW as part of the G20 activities that included hundreds of organizations and reached millions of children and youth worldwide. Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) organized the high-level GMW event at the Osmanlı Bankası Müzesi (Money Museum) in Istanbul on March 17, 2015, in order to raise awareness on financial literacy among young people. The event was supported by FODER, ÜNLÜ Menkul Degerler A.Ş., Capital Markets Board of Turkey, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Attendees included high-level dignitaries from Turkish national authorities as well as national and international organizations involved in economically empowering children and youth. Delegations of children and youth had the opportunity to interact with policy makers and share what matters most to them when it comes to financial education, access to reliable and relevant financial products, gaining employment, and starting their own enterprises.