Accelerating Financial Inclusion: Kigali Convention Centre Hosts Historic FinTech Event
Kigali, Rwanda – The Kigali Convention Centre is abuzz with excitement as it plays host to the inaugural Financial Inclusion and FinTech event. Running from June 20 to June 22, 2023, this historic gathering has brought together a diverse range of participants, including policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, and foundations, all with a shared goal: to leverage technology and innovation for greater financial inclusion across Africa.
Organized by the Kigali International Financial Centre (KIFC), which facilitates international investment and cross-border transactions in Africa, in collaboration with Elevandi, a company established by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to advance FinTech in the digital economy, the event promises to be a catalyst for transformative change.
Under the theme of “Inclusion FinTech Forum (IFF),” discussions at the conference are focusing on key topics that hold the potential to reshape the financial landscape. Experts from various sectors are engaging in robust conversations surrounding digital banking, blockchain technology, mobile money, and the role of artificial intelligence in driving financial inclusion. These discussions are instrumental in shaping policies, implementation strategies, and fostering meaningful partnerships to empower the underbanked populations across the continent.
Adding even more significance to the event, the Kigali Convention Centre has welcomed distinguished guests, including Zambia’s President, Hakainde Hichilema, and the esteemed host President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. Their presence at the event underscores the growing recognition of the crucial role financial inclusion plays in driving inclusive economic growth and reducing inequality in Africa.
With its commitment to sustainable development and remarkable progress, Rwanda serves as a fitting backdrop for this groundbreaking event. Known as one of the most rapidly developing countries in Africa, Rwanda has made significant strides in leveraging technology to expand access to financial services, particularly through mobile banking and digital payment platforms. By hosting this forum, Rwanda showcases its leadership and dedication to creating an enabling environment for FinTech innovation and inclusive economic growth.
Financial inclusion remains a pressing challenge in many African countries, where large sections of the population lack access to basic banking services. The transformative power of technology and innovation in addressing this disparity cannot be overstated. FinTech solutions have the potential to democratize financial services, empower individuals and businesses, and foster economic resilience.
The Financial Inclusion and FinTech event taking place in Kigali represents a pivotal moment in Africa’s journey toward a more inclusive and digitally empowered future. It is a platform where diverse stakeholders can come together, exchange ideas, forge partnerships, and collectively drive change. By harnessing the power of technology and embracing a collaborative approach, we can unlock the immense potential of financial inclusion, ensuring that no one is left behind in the pursuit of progress.
As the conference enters its final day, the hope is that the shared commitment and momentum generated here will extend beyond these walls, transcending borders and inspiring action throughout the continent. With visionary leaders, innovative entrepreneurs, and dedicated policymakers in attendance, Africa is poised to redefine the financial landscape, transforming the lives of millions and propelling the continent towards a prosperous and inclusive future.
As the curtains close on this momentous event tomorrow, the collective resolve to harness technology for greater financial inclusion will continue to resonate, shaping the future of Africa and ushering in an era of shared prosperity for all.
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