The Mastercard Foundation has announced that its fifth annual and largest Symposium on Financial Inclusion (SoFI) will take place in Accra, Ghana, from November 7th to November 9th, 2017. The Symposium champions the idea that to achieve greater financial inclusion, financial service providers in developing countries must do more to meet the needs and expectations of people living in poverty.
Each year since 2013, the Foundation has convened hundreds of industry professionals to focus on barriers to greater financial inclusion around the world. SoFI has been a platform where experts in the field gather to pave the way toward a more financially inclusive world. They exchange knowledge on a broad range of topics, including client centricity, technology, innovation, best practices, partnerships, and much more.
This year’s event will reflect on progress made over the past five years, explore challenges that still lie ahead, and plan how to expand and deepen financial inclusion for the world’s most underserved people.
“Creating a more financially inclusive world is a daunting task,” said Reeta Roy, President and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation.
“Over the years, financial inclusion has increased as a priority for the international development community, as well as governments, business owners, and the clients they serve. After five years of gathering the brightest minds in the field to advance access and resources to modern financial products and services, we’ve made significant progress that will continue to make a difference in the lives of people. This year’s Symposium celebrates the progress made over these past five years and defines the work yet to be done,” Roy continued.
Attendees will hear from what the foundation has described as an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, including Juliet Anammah, Chief Executive Officer of online retail giant, Jumia Nigeria and Dr. Ernest Addison, Governor for the Bank of Ghana.