MFW4A 2014 Partnership Forum in Dakar, Senegal, 11-12 June 2014

Jun 10, 2014
Dakar (June 6, 2014) - More than 300 senior-level financial practitioners from over 40 countries will meet at the Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) 2014 Partnership Forum, to be held over two days from June 11 to 12 in Dakar, Senegal. Now in its 3rd edition, the Partnership Forum will provide a platform for African opinion leaders, financial sector stakeholders and development partners to take stock of progress in Africa's financial systems, and discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead. This year, the Partnership Forum will feature a number of prominent speakers including:
  • Dr. Caleb Fundanga, President of the Institute for Finance and Economics (IFE) and Former Governor of the Bank of Zambia;
  • Mr Jean-Claude Masangu Mulongo, Former Governor of the Central Bank of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC);
  • Dr. Anand Sinha, Former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI);
  • Mr Alassane Bâ, Managing Director of Shelter Afrique;
  • Mr Mamadou Bocar Sy, Managing Director of Banque de l'Habitat of Senegal (BHS);
  • Mr Christian Agossa, Director General of the Regional Fund for Mortgage Refinancing (CRRH-UEMOA);
  • Prof. Fatou Sarr Sow, Lecturer and Director of the Gender and Scientific Research Laboratory, Cheikh Anta Diop University;
  • Mr Thierno Seydou Nourou Sy, Director General of the National Bank for Economic Development (BNDE) of Senegal;
  • Prof. Stephany Griffith-Jones, Financial Markets Director at Columbia University and Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI);
  • Mr Thorsten Beck, Professor of Economics at Tilburg University;
  • Mr Adedapo Olagunju, Group Treasurer at Access Bank Plc.; and
  • Mr Antoine Traore, Director for Bank Operations at the BCEAO.
The MFW4A Forum will set the stage for deepening engagement between policy makers, private sector innovators and technical assistance providers as they discuss their experiences, exchange best practices, and explore innovative approaches to meet the challenges of Africa's financial sector. The comprehensive two-day platform will explore the issues at the frontiers of financial sector development in Africa. Key topics for this year's agenda include:
  • 'Second Generation' Development Finance - Innovative Approaches to Closing the Gap in Financial Intermediation;
  • Mobilising Domestic Capital for Long-Term Finance;
  • Making Cross-Border Banking Work for Africa;
  • The Role of Regulation in Financial Sector Development; and
  • Avoiding the Resource Curse and the Consequences for the Financial Sector.
The full schedule, list of speakers and their biographies can be found in this Program Booklet. We invite you to join the Forum discussion on Facebook and Twitter using the #mfw4aForum hashtag. You can also follow us on Twitter via @mfw4a throughout the Forum.