Event Name: Asia-Pacific Financial Inclusion Summit
Event Date: March 21-22, 2017; optional field visits on March 23, 2017
Event Location: JW Marriott Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
Event Summary: Themed “Advancing Financial Inclusion in a Digital Age,” this event will include plenaries on topics such as collaboration and regulating digital financial services. Breakout sessions will address topics such as blockchain technology, gender, serving youth and reaching “the last mile.” On March 23, participants may visit with staff and clients of either Tinh Thuong Microfinance Institution or
This discussion of supporting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) centered on (1) building systems to boost institutions’ confidence in lending to the sector; and (2) the non-financial needs of MSMEs.
Gerald Sun, Vice President, Head of Sales for Commercial Payments Asia/Pacific at MasterCard Worldwide, said “the banks have trouble making a risk assessment cheaply enough. They lend to big organizations based on their income. For SMEs [small and medium enterprises], they revert to looking at assets as they would for consumer lending. The bank can value a house or car, but not a ton of fertilized chicken eggs.” MasterCard is addressing this issue by
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the US-based World Bank Group, and Cathay United Bank, a Taiwan-based commercial bank, recently announced that they will each lend USD 25 million to Vietnam Prosperity Joint Stock Commercial Bank (VPBank) to support small businesses in Vietnam.
GlobeOne, a US-based company providing a mobile platform for the provision of financial services, recently signed a letter of intent with Eximbank, a joint-stock commercial bank that is controlled by the Vietnamese government, to bring its platform to Vietnam.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of the US-based World Bank Group, recently announced that it has signed a “project services agreement” with An Binh Joint Stock Commercial Bank (ABBANK), a Vietnamese commercial bank.
The Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP), a government-owned bank that offers microfinance and other services in Vietnam, recently has deployed the Intellect (R) Core Banking Solution (CBS), an enterprise platform offered by India-based Polaris Financial Technology Limited (Polaris) .
Tagit, a Singaporean mobile technology company, reportedly has partnered with Vietnamese mobile payment provider Smartlink to launch a mobile banking service that will link the customers of 51 financial institutions and insurance providers.
The Ministry of Health of Vietnam and Vietnam Social Insurance, a government-funded organization that offers insurance to workers, reportedly will issue health insurance cards free of charge to families living close to or below the poverty line.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), a development finance institution based in the Philippines, recently lent USD 40 million to the government of Vietnam in an effort to improve the country’s microfinance sector.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-investment arm of the World Bank Group, has agreed to provide a syndicated loan of USD 25 million toVietnam’s Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank to expand financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and women-owned businesses.
The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), a Vietnamese government agency, recently has announced plans to implement a microfinance sector development project in the country until 2020.
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The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV),Vietnam’s central bank, has issued an operating license to microfinance institution (MFI) M7 Microfinance Limited Institution (M7-MFI).
The Prime Minister of Vietnam recently approved a National Microfinance Strategy, which aims to develop a safe and sustainable microfinance system to ensure social welfare and sustainable poverty eradication in the country
Triodos Investment Management, a Netherlands-based manager of four microfinance investment funds, recently reported to MicroCapital that it has invested an undisclosed amount of funds in four microfinance institutions (MFIs): Advans Ghana Savings and Loans Limited, KixiCrédito of Angola, TYM Fund of Vietnam and Belarusian Bank for Small Business (BBSB) .
The Citi Foundation, the charitable arm of US-based financial services conglomerate Citigroup, will provide a USD 1 million grant to Habitat for Humanity, a US-based nonprofit organization that focuses on affordable housing, to develop the “Citi-Habitat Home Improvement Microsavings Program.”
The Dariu Foundation (TDF), a Vietnam-based microfinance institution (MFI), amidst double-digit inflation and increasing domestic interest rates, has seen a 25-percent increase in the number of new clients served and a 47-percent increase in the number of loans disbursed during the first five months of this year compared to the same period last year.
Consistent with its plans reported by MicroCapital in March, Manulife Philippines, a subsidiary of Canada-based Manulife Financial, has launched a microinsurance product that provides life and accident protection to low-income Filipinos.