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Mar 14, 2016 |
The first GPFI workshop this year was hosted by the People’s Bank of China on 1 – 2 March 2016, under the leadership of China, Turkey and Germany as this year’s GPFI Co-Chairs. Mr. Yi Gang, Deputy Governor of PBOC, Mr. Tu Guangshao, Executive Vice Mayor of Shanghai, and Mr. Li Guohua, President of Postal Savings Bank of China gave the keynote speeches. Participants discussed issues such as global trends of financial inclusion, reaching “the last mile” of financial inclusion, private sector engagement and the role of government in financial inclusion, focusing particularly on digital financial inclusion, financial inclusion data collection and financial inclusion indicators update.
Feb 28, 2016 |
There is growing recognition of the impact of the global financial sector standard-setting bodies (SSBs) on who gets access to what range and quality of formal financial services and at what cost. Appreciation has also grown as to the important role that digitization of financial services plays in reaching financially excluded and underserved customers, and the implications of this development for the SSBs.  Released almost five years after the October 2011 GPFI White Paper, Standard-Setting and Financial Inclusion for the Poor—Toward Proportionate Standards and Guidance, this second GPFI White Paper seeks to raise awareness of the changing landscape of financial services, to inform ongoing work by the SSBs and other global bodies, and to promote the integration of financial inclusion objectives into standards and guidance that can be applied effectively at the country level. See the 2016 GPFI White Paper, Global Standard-Setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion: The Evolving Landscape.
Feb 1, 2016 |
China has announced 2016 GPFI priorities and key dates in the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) China 2016 Priorities Paper released in January. Events In 2016, China will host the GPFI Meeting on March 3 in Shanghai, the GPFI Forum on July 13-14 in Chengdu and GPFI Plenary on July 15 in Chengdu. China will also hold two workshops, one in Shanghai on March 1-2 with the theme of “New Development and Indicators Update” and one in May with the theme of “Financial Consumer Protection and Financial Literacy.” The third GPFI Standard-Setting Bodies (SSBs) Conference will be hosted by the Financial Stability Institute at the Bank for International Settlements on October 26-27. Priorities
Feb 1, 2016 |
China officially assumed the presidency of the G20 on December 1, 2015. China’s G20 Presidency in 2016 will work together with all members “Towards an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy." The key agenda items are:
Nov 18, 2015 |
For the seventh year running, financial inclusion and the potential it holds for inclusive growth feature prominently in the annual G20 Leaders’ Communiqué. At the recent Antalya Summit, the Leaders welcomed the continued work of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI). Recognizing the strong role that private sector development plays in poverty eradication, the Communiqué stresses the need of all stakeholders to work together in order to promote opportunities for low-income people and communities to participate in markets as buyers, suppliers and consumers. This calls for opening up access to payments, savings, credit, and other financial services.
Nov 17, 2015 |
The SME Finance Forum on 15 November 2015 launched its global member network in a ceremony hosted by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Special Advocate for the Secretary General of the UN for Inclusive Finance for Development, and Cevdet Yılmaz, the Deputy PM of Turkey. The Forum’s founding members include banks, technology “disruptors”, regulators and development finance institutions from around the world committed to accelerating financing for small businesses. “In many countries, the bulk of the employment and trade is generated by SMEs. They have a crucial role in development, commercialization and spread of innovation,” said Deputy Prime Minister Yilmaz.
Nov 16, 2015 |
In their Antalya Summit communiqué, the G20 Leaders endorsed a recommendation calling upon the Financial Stability Board and the relevant standard-setting bodies to continue their engagement with the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in finalizing the GPFI White Paper, Global Standard-Setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion: The Evolving Landscape, released at the end of the Summit as a Consultation Document. The GPFI invites public comments on the Consultation Document, according to the procedure described below. Since the publication of the first GPFI White Paper in 2011, Global Standard-Setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion for the Poor – Toward Proportionate Standards and Guidance, global standard-setting bodies (SSBs) have taken fundamental steps on financial inclusion, acting on most of the observations and recommendations in the first edition.
Nov 16, 2015 |
The private sector engagement strategy developed by the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) was submitted to G20 Leaders at their November Summit in Antalya. The strategy aims to create a strong public-private sector partnership for setting priorities and implementing reforms to advance financial inclusion in G20 and non-G20 countries. The GPFI’s SME Finance Subgroup led the development of the strategy document, with GPFI Subgroups, Implementing Partners, and Affiliated Partners contributing. The Private Sector Engagement Strategy provides a framework to (a) Improve coordination between the G20 and B20, (b) Use the Alliance for Financial Inclusion Public-Private Dialogue platform, (c) Ongoing and planned engagement strategies, and (d) Specific outputs/outcomes from public-private collaboration.
Sep 30, 2015 |
September 2015 - The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), an implementing partner of the G20 GPFI, has identified key indicators to monitor the financial inclusion of small businesses.Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are essential for economic growth because they account for over 95% of businesses worldwide and provide more than half of all jobs. Yet 200 million businesses worldwide don't have the financing necessary to invest and create new jobs. Policy makers and financial institutions working on accelerating SME finance are often impeded by a dearth of good data.Policies and interventions must be based on an informed assessment of how SMEs access and use financial services. The AFI indicators are intended to provide a comprehensive view of the state of financial inclusion for SMEs in a given country. They can help decision-makers formulate policy, set targets and monitor progress in SME finance.
Sep 17, 2015 |
GPFI Member Country representatives, Implementing Partners and Affiliated Partners had their last face-to-face Plenary meeting under the Turkish Presidency on 12 September 2015 in Antalya, following the GPFI Forum on 11 September. Attendees evaluated the year and talked about the GPFI’s key deliverables and deadlines for 2015. Chinese GPFI Co-Chair officials shared their main priorities with the participants, while each of the four GPFI Subgroups talked in breakout sessions about possible work in 2016 with the participation of IPs, APs and interested G20 member countries. Various G20 initiatives took place the week of 7 September 2015, culminating in the GPFI Forum.