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Kigali to host Inclusive Fintech Forum in June
Kigali International Financial Centre and Elevandi, a company established by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), have announced the launch of the first annual Inclusive FinTech Forum.
The three-day event, to be held from Tuesday, 20 to Thursday, 22 June in Kigali, Rwanda, will bring together global regulators, policymakers, decision-makers, founders, and investors to discuss inclusive and sustainable fintech, with a focus on the Global South.
The forum aims to promote technology and policy conversations that will make fintech development more equitable, accessible, and sustainable for all people worldwide. It will feature a variety of dialogues and formats, including keynotes, discussions, and roundtables, to spark debate and ideate solutions for inclusive finance globally.
According to Sopnendu Mohanty, chief fintech officer of MAS and chairperson of the Elevandi Board, “The forum comes at an imperative time when fintech is in the optimal position to contribute to global causes, given its place at a critical junction of finance and technology; however, its promise is still a work in progress for making finance accessible to all people of the world. It will accelerate inclusion and impact conversations to make fintech more accessible.”
Tidjane Thiam, board chairperson of Rwanda Finance, said, “We are pleased to host the first annual global Inclusive Fintech Forum here in Rwanda, bringing together important decision-makers in the fintech industry in Africa and globally. Fintech, at the crossroads of financial services and technology, has a unique ability to transform lives, particularly in emerging and developing countries.”
The forum will also feature Elevandi’s signature programmes, including the Elevandi Insights Forum, which will host deep-dive roundtables with public and private sector organisations to address challenges faced by the financial sector and drive key actionable outcomes; the Founders Peak, which will feature 10-minute talks from founders; and the Capital Meets Policy Dialogue, which will bring together policymakers, regulators, and investors to share perspectives on fintech regulation and investment capital allocation.
In addition, the forum will have a curated space for exhibitors, industry workshops, mentorship sessions, and a talent pavilion. The event is open to entrepreneurs, as well as senior leaders from government and regulators, financial institutions, technology companies, and investors. To register interest, visit www.InclusiveFintechForum.com.
The Inclusive Fintech Forum aims to create building blocks for future dialogues such as the Point Zero Forum, which will be held the week after this forum. With a focus on promoting financial inclusion and fintech for good, the Inclusive FinTech Forum will act as a catalyst for the growth of the fintech industry in Africa and beyond.