How to expand global financial inclusion?

11 May 2011

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hosted 60 participants from private sector and government both from Turkey and abroad in a workshop in Istanbul.

Istanbul
- The workshop seminar entitled “Expanding Global Financial Inclusion through Government to Person (G2P) Payments and Emergency Cash Transfers” was held in Istanbul International Center on the Private Sector and Development (IICPSD) on 11 May 2011.

The event was held in cooperation with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Visa, Vodafone, Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) and State Planning Organization (SPO), in addition to the UNDP.

In the seminar, several issues were touched upon such as markets, cash flows and development.

Kori Udovicki, Director of Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States and Assistant Secretary General, United Nations Development Programme opened the event and the Permanent Representative of the Turkish Government at the United Nations Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan gave closing remarks.

IICPSD presented a Primer and a panel discussion, followed with presentations of UNCDF Executive Director David Morrison and representatives of Vodafone (who also provided financial support with Visa) and the Government.

“Excellent collaboration”

The discussion was moderated by Balázs Horváth, Poverty Reduction Practice Leader of UNDP Bratislava Regional Center.

The event demonstrated UNDP’s commitment to make the Center operational and substantive as soon as possible.

Following the event, a working session was organized with Balázs Horváth on future collaboration with UNDP Bratislava Regional Center.

This collaboration is seen as an example for other regions to work with the global center.