The West African Development Bank headquarters in Lomé, Togo.

Monday, 22 October 2018

17:30:                OPENING

Keynote address:  Trevor Manuel, former South African Minister of Finance

Panelists:               Nnamdi Oranye, Standard Bank/ fin-tech author; Stephen Mwaura, Central Bank of Kenya / fin-tech consultant

Chair:                     Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg

19:00:                     Reception

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

8:30 – 9:00:      Welcome and Introduction

9:00 – 12:00   Session 1: Mobile Money and Digital Payments

Current trends, developments and challenges in the field of mobile phone-based payment technologies and other forms of digital payments, as well as their impact on the lives of users in African countries.

Dare Okoudjou, CEO MFS Africa

Elias Sikazwe, SnapScan

Dr Mesfin Fikre Woldmariam, University of Addis Ababa

14:00 – 17:00  Session 2: Regulation

Issues of regulation, oversight, and legislative challenges relating to the recent emergence of mobile money, the digitization of payments, and financial inclusion. Implications of regulation for fin-tech companies and the challenge of reconciling financial inclusion and consumer protection.

Stephen Mwaura, former head of the national payment system, Central Bank of Kenya

Prof Olufunmilayo Arewa, Temple University

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

9:00 – 12:00   Session 3: Agent networks

The role of merchants and individual agents in the extension of mobile money networks in Africa, especially with regard to the disbursement of digital/ mobile payments such as remittances or social grants and the establishment of a branchless banking infrastructure.

Valentine Obi, CEO, eTranzact

Dr Sean Maliehe, University of Pretoria

14:00 – 17:00   Session 4: Remittances

Implications, opportunities, and challenges of the recent spread of mobile money and other payment technologies in the field of remittances and other cross-border payments.

Nnamdi Oranye, Disrupting Africa

Dr Sibel Kusimba, American University, Washington D.C.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

9:00 – 12:00   Session 5: G2P Payments

The use of electronic government-to-person payments such as social pensions and child benefits to advance financial inclusion in developing economies and the role of new payment technologies in this field.

Herman Singh, Chief Digital Officer, MTN

Dr Solène Morvant-Roux, University of Geneva

Lena Gronbach, University of Pretoria

14:00 – 15:15   Session 6: Insurance

Current trends and developments in the provision of micro insurance to low-income customers and the emergence of mobile phone-based insurance as an alternative to traditional insurance products.

Jeremy Leach, CEO Inclusivity Solutions

15:45 – 17:00   Session 7: Start-up Capital

Typical challenges faced by fintech start-ups in the process of raising capital to market their innovations. Different ways of raising start-up capital in theory and practice, and the resulting implications for entrepreneurs and funders.

Sechaba Ngwenya, CEO Creditable

Friday, 26 October 2018

9:00 – 12:00   Session 8: The Blockchain

The emergence of block chain technology as a potential vehicle for financial inclusion and other forms of inclusive development.

Gerhard van Deventer, South African Reserve Bank

Ross McEwan, Wala / Dala Foundation

Prof John Sharp, University of Pretoria

14:00 – 15:00:   Closing session


The format of each session will be as follows:

Presentation by innovator : 30 minutes

Questions and clarification: 15 minutes

Presentation by academic: 30 minutes

Questions and clarification: 15 minutes

Tea break: 30 minutes

Discussion: 60 minutes

Sessions 6 and 7 will consist of a 30-minute presentation, followed by a 45-minute discussion.

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