New approaches to financial inclusion
Given that more people own a mobile phone than a bank account, digital technology has a clear role to play in global financial inclusion in underserved markets. 1.7 billion adults worldwide remain unbanked: what problems does this pose, and how can fintech help? This panel will be framed around key technological innovations, and evaluate their broader societal impacts, offer strategic direction, and assess the role policy makers can play. How is fintech positioned to serve last-mile customers? What role can fintech play in formalising economies? What challenges can this present?
Is economic liberalisation a force for development?
The session will evaluate the impact that economic liberalisation can have on development and seek to understand both the opportunities and challenges involved in market-led development initiatives including trade policy. How effective have these programs been in the past and what can be done to improve them in the future? How can we ensure good governance on the part of national governments to help drive more profound and equitable impact in developing societies? How can we the public and private sectors collaborate and ensure accountability? Beyond the economic impacts, this panel will also consider the broader political and social ramifications of liberalisation.