Preliminary agenda


10 July 2017


Welcome Remarks:

  • Ms. Michelle Curry, CEO, The Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC)
  • Ms. Natasha Ansell, Managing Director and Citi Country Officer, Vietnam, Citi
  • Mr. Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
  • Mr. Heinrich Haasis, President, World Retail and Savings Institute (WSBI)

Keynote Address:

  • Deputy Governor, State Bank of Vietnam​


9:30-11:00 SESSION 1:  Defining Financial Inclusion (Session Lead: Alliance for Financial Inclusion)

Session Chair:

  • Mr. Charles Marwa, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI)


  • Mr. Matthew Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

 11:00-11:30 BREAK

11:30-1:00 SESSION 2:  Agrifinance (Session Lead: World Savings and Retail Banking Institute)

Agriculture remains a major source of livelihood for the majority of population living in rural areas in developing countries. Improving both public investments in agri or agri-aligned sectors and private investments are vital. What are policy supports required from the government and what are solutions to improve access to finance for farmers? Climate changes are now visibly impacting agriculture in pronounced manner. How can countries institutionalise policies for climate resilient / climate smart agriculture? How can digital technology help reduce agrifinance risk and remove constraints?

1:00-2:30 LUNCH

2:30-4:00 SESSION 3:  Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Across Financial Services: Prospects and Emerging Policies (Session Lead: Deutsche Bank)​

Session Chair:

  • Mr. Boon-Hiong Chan, Director and Head of Market Advocacy, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Deutsche Bank AG​​

4:00-4:30 BREAK

4:30-6:00 SESSION 4:  Financial Education (Session Lead: Asian Development Bank Institute)

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)


  • Dr. Peter Morgan, Senior Consulting Economist, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
  • Ms Flore-Anne Messy, Head of the Financial Affairs Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Ms. Lotte Schou-Zibell, Technical Advisor (Finance), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)​
6:30-8:30 DINNER (Hosted by the State Bank of Vietnam)

11 July 2017


​9:00-10:30 SESSION 5: Creating an Enabling Environment for Micro-financial Products and Services (Session Lead: Foundation for Development Cooperation)

Session Chair:

  • Ms. Nina Nayar, Associate, The Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC)


  • Dr. J.C. Parreñas, APFF Coordinator and Senior Advisor, Nomura Research Institute (NRI)

10:30-11:00 BREAK

11:00-12:30​ SESSION 6:  Microinsurance (Session Lead: GIZ Regulatory Framework Promotion of Pro-poor Insurance Markets)

12:30-2:00 LUNCH

2:00-3:30 SESSION 7: Online Supply Chain Finance: Key Challenges and Policy Requirements (Session Lead: International Finance Corporation)

3:30-4:00 BREAK

4:00-5:30​ Session 8: Digital Identity (Session Lead: Citi)


  • Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki, Chair, Asia-Pacific Financial Forum; Member, ABAC Japan; and Vice Chairman, Member of the Board, Nomura Research Institute, ltd.​

12 July 2017


​Site visit to Lien Viet Postbank in Da Nang (tbc)

Site visit to Hoi An at the invitation of Lien Viet Postbank (tbc)