The second installment of the International Financial Inclusion Conference, known as #IFIC2023 and renowned as Nigeria’s premier event in the realm of financial inclusion, is slated to take place on October 5th and 6th, 2023, at the Landmark Event Center in Lagos.
This event, centered around the theme “Financial Inclusion for All: Global Insights for Local Impact,” is jointly organized by the Central Bank of Nigeria in collaboration with partner agencies within the National Financial Inclusion Governance Committees. IFIC 2023 serves as a collaborative platform for global thought leaders, regulatory authorities, and other stakeholders to engage in discussions and cooperative efforts concerning contemporary strategies aimed at expediting financial inclusion both within the African continent and on a global scale. Distinguished keynote speakers for the occasion include Dr. Chea Serey, the Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia; Dr. Alfred Hannig, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion; and Dr. Reza Baqir, former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan.
The conference will delve into key topics, including fintech-driven solutions for reaching underserved populations, the utilization of big data and artificial intelligence, innovative products for inclusivity (non-interest finance), harnessing payment systems to expand financial inclusion among marginalized groups such as women, rural populations, youth, and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), as well as addressing issues related to consumer protection, fraud prevention, and data privacy, among others. Notable features of the event encompass Innovation Labs, Financial Inclusion Awards, and various auxiliary activities, all of which provide opportunities to showcase Nigeria as an attractive investment destination and bolster economic development within Nigeria and the surrounding region.
The inaugural edition of IFIC, held at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja in 2022, garnered significant attendance from high-ranking government officials domestically and internationally. The presence of former President Mohammadu Buhari, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, distinguished Nigerian Federal Ministers, and influential figures within the global financial inclusion sphere underscored the event’s importance. With over 5,000 participants representing 78 countries and overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees, the anticipation for the 2023 edition is palpable.
In summary, IFIC 2023 is poised to deliver an enlightening and collaborative platform for networking, featuring a vibrant and globally diverse Whova community and a wide array of offerings designed to enhance participants’ in-person and/or virtual experiences.