Dar to open Microfinance Summit Monday


ISLAMABAD (Online) – Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, Ishaq Dar will inaugurate a two-day Microfinance Summit here Monday whereas, Ashraf Mahmood Wathra, Deputy Governor (Banking), State Bank of Pakistan will attend the Summit here at a local hotel
The summit will provide new insights into Pakistan’s microfinance market and why it has been rated as one of the best in world by Economist’s Intelligence Unit.
The summit is hosted by the Economic Affairs Division of the Government of Pakistan, and has been arranged by Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) and Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) in collaboration with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and UKaid.
Distinguished and eminent speakers from the world’s leading microfinance organizations and Pakistan’s financial sector are expected to the grace the occasion in different sessions and share their strategies and discuss various challenges they face.

The first day of the summit will include plenaries and sessions on the theme “Microfinance and its linkages with Financial Inclusion” while the second day would feature discussion around the topic “Digging Deeper into Burning Issues”.

A“grand debate”will also be held at the end of first day in which leading international and national experts would discuss “Microfinance growth; should it focus on poverty reduction or access to finance.”
The summit will be concluded with an address by the Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal.
During the closing session, key stakeholders of the sector will present recommendations for policy oriented towards sustainable growth and achievement of the sector’s next great milestone.



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