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2018 FICAN Conference to Focus on Financial Inclusion

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

All is now set for the 2018 edition of the annual conference of Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN).

A statement issued by the leadership of FICAN disclosed that the conference, which holds will hold on September 15 and 16, will bring together experts from global multilateral financial institutions, public and private sector players, to highlight and examine the various options available for bringing the unbanked into the financial system using technology.

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It is also a learning conference designed to enhance awareness, deepen understanding of financial journalists on the role of financial technology in rendering banking services cheaper, faster and conveniently.

The conference will be attended by journalists covering money market, capital market and the Insurance industry, from the print and electronic media.

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, is expected to be the keynote speaker of the forum themed, ‘Banks, Fintech and Nigeria’s Financial Inclusion Journey.’

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He will also be joined by top industry professionals from the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), banks, academics and others, including Dr Yinka David-West, who is the Digital Financial Inclusion Specialist at the Lagos Business School.

During the programme, there will be a panellist session with some bank chief executives, Financial Technology (FinTech) operators, as well as regulators to discuss the sub-theme, ‘Financial Inclusion: the Journey So Far.’

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“FinTech companies and financial innovation are changing the competitive landscape of financial intermediation.

“Every commercial bank today knows what services to upgrade; because customers are already carrying out such transactions with FinTech start-ups.

“In the same manner, financial inclusion has continued to assume increasing recognition across the globe among policy makers, researchers and development oriented agencies,” the association said in the statement.

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Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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