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Ecobank Digital Series: Vanguard Conferences and Economic Forum Series Partners Ecobank to Convene Digital Financial inclusion Summit

Ecobank Digital Series: Vanguard Conferences and Economic Forum Series Partners Ecobank to Convene Digital Financial inclusion Summit

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Ecobank Nigeria, in partnership with Vanguard Conferences and Economic Forum Series have announced that it is convening a Digital Financial inclusion Summit to drive, promote and deepen financial inclusion amongst the unbanked and underbanked population in Nigeria. Current statistics shows that 84.6 million Nigerians accounting for 47% of the population are unbanked, against mobile phone penetration which is up to 94.5%.

The Digital Financial Inclusion Summit slated for October 21st, will bring together trade groups and associations with large unbanked populations and individuals within the lower rung of the society who have not seen the need to be included in the financial sector or adopt financial services through digital platforms. This is a direct response to encourage the adoption of innovative payment solutions and digital banking services in the post covid-19 era.

Announcing the summit in Lagos, Head, Consumer Banking, Olukorede Demola-Adeniyi said the Digital Financial Inclusion Summit will be a platform to discuss the need for a comprehensive alignment of policy and regulatory frameworks among regulators like CBN, NCC, NITDA to support a sustainable digital financial inclusion growth, examine key issues and ways of advancing digital financial inclusion for women, youths and MSMEs and discuss the role of interoperability in mobile payment innovation. Further she mentioned that the role and impact of agency banking for financial inclusion growth will be x-rayed as well as the need for public and private sector investments in internet infrastructure and mobile connectivity growth in rural areas.

According to Demola-Adeniyi, the digitisation of payment and financial services has become an important economic development priority with the prospect of reaching far more people with a broad range of financial services they need, to fight poverty and build resilience. She noted that new data on mobile phone ownership and internet access show huge opportunities to

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Ecobank Vanguard digital financial inclusion Summit: Alan Sinfield, Austin Okere, others to lead thematic conversations

Ecobank Vanguard digital financial inclusion Summit: Alan Sinfield, Austin Okere, others to lead thematic conversations

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Ecobank Nigeria in partnership with Vanguard Conferences and Economic Forum Series will convene top tier thought leaders and industry professionals as speakers and panelists for its Digital Financial Inclusion Virtual Summit scheduled for 21st October 2020.

The Speakers and panelists who are subject matter experts in digital transformation and financial inclusiveness were carefully drawn from the banking, telecoms and other key sectors of the economy notably Alan Sinfield, current CEO 9mobile,  Austin Okere, Executive founder, Computer Warehouse Group, Ronke Kuye, CEO Shared Agent Network Expansion Facilities Limited (SANEF), Jacqueline Juma of EfinA a transformative specialist in Digital Financial Services (DFS) and Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman of ALTON.

According to a statement from Ecobank and Vanguard, Alan Sinfield, CEO  9mobile is a telecoms expert with vast international and operational expertise and experience in wireless telecoms, fintech, and banking sectors spanning over 30 years. He had been a CEO at Ooredoo (Starlink), a subsidiary of Qatar Telecommunications Group.

 Austin Okere, Founder of Ausso Leadership Academy (ALA) and  Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Plc, Nigeria’s largest technology company listed and traded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) He is also a non-executive director at Globus Bank.

Ronke Kuye, is the Chief Executive Officer of Shared Agent Network Expansion Facilities Limited (SANEF).

Ronke has over 24 years experience in banking, cards and Payment systems and e-business, Operations, Process Transformation and Project Management.

Jacqueline Juma, a transformative specialist in Digital Financial Services (DFS), currently serves as the Head, Digital Financial Services at EFInA.

Also listed as panelist is Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, the Chairman of Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON).

Announcing the Summit in Lagos recently, Head, Consumer Banking, Olukorede Demola-Adeniyi said the Summit will provide a platform to discuss the need for a comprehensive alignment of policy and regulatory frameworks among regulators

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