Feb 21, 2013 |
The SME Finance Forum, managed by the IFC, launched its new website, featuring a fresh look and over 200 knowledge resources on SME finance including data, tools, research and best practices. The website is available at www.smefinanceforum.org Although an overwhelming majority of jobs in emerging economics are created by SMEs, access to finance remains one of the key challenges for their growth. In an effort to address this challenge, the SME Finance Forum enables knowledge-sharing and collaboration among key stakeholders, including financial institutions, development agencies, policy makers and researchers.
Feb 20, 2013 |
The first G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' meeting of Russia's G20 Presidency was held on February 15-16, 2013, in Moscow, Russia. An overview of the meeting and the full communiqué are available here.
Presentation by FATF President at the first GPFI Conference on Standard-Setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion
Oct 31, 2012 |
The presentation by Bjørn S. Aamo, President of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), at the first GPFI Conference on Standard-Setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion on October 29, 2012, in Basel, Switzerland, is available here.
First Annual GPFI Conference and Technical Meeting on Standard-Setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion
Oct 31, 2012 |
The Financial Stability Institute of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) hosted the first annual GPFI Conference on Standard-Setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion. Under the theme “Promoting Financial Inclusion Through Proportionate Standards and Guidance,” participants discussed the progress and challenges faced by the global standard-setting bodies (SSBs) in engaging on financial inclusion. The conference was held on October 29, 2012, and convened by the GPFI.
Oct 30, 2012 |
The Financial Stability Institute of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) hosted the first annual GPFI Conference on Standard-Setting Bodies and Financial Inclusion. Convened by the GPFI, the conference was held on October 29, 2012.
Oct 8, 2012 |
Developments at two of the main global standard-setting bodies highlight the importance that these organizations are giving to financial inclusion.
Oct 1, 2012 |
The second annual GPFI Forum and first GPFI Plenary Meeting were held in Cape Town, South Africa, on September 28-29, 2012. Hosted by the National Treasury of South Africa, the GPFI Forum was attended by financial inclusion policy makers and regulators from across the globe, representatives of the G20 countries, and the GPFI’s Implementing Partners. The Forum was opened with the keynote speeches of Nhlanhla Nene, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa and Juan Manuel Valle, Head of the Banking, Securities and Savings Department at the Ministry of Finance, Mexico.
Sep 25, 2012 |
IMF released the 2012 Financial Access Survey (FAS) data through the online FAS database. FAS is the sole source of global supply-side data comparable across countries and over time, which collects data from national financial regulators. FAS is also one of the three global sources identified for the G20 Basic Set of Financial Inclusion Indicators endorsed by the G20 Leaders at the Los Cabos Summit in June 2012. This year FAS was conducted by the IMF in collaboration with CGAP and IFC’s Access to Finance Advisory Services.
Sep 24, 2012 |
The Group of Twenty (G20) recognizes the key role of financial inclusion in the realization that financial inclusion is a key enabling element in the fight against poverty and the pursuit of inclusive development is leading to an increasing focus on financial inclusion policies and initiatives. Reliable data covering the major components of sustainable financial inclusion development is critical to inform these policies and to monitor the effect of initiatives.
Sep 13, 2012 |
With immense sadness we learned of the sudden death of our colleague and mentor, Raúl Hernandez Coss, over the weekend.