Fresh thinking on growth and development in Asia and the Pacific

Financial System Stability, Regulation, and Financial Inclusion

Event | 27 January 2014 Central Common Government Office, Tokyo


This conference is aimed at identifying approaches to promoting financial development, financial stability, financial inclusion, financial integration, and financial education in Asia.


Regional financial development and integration in Asia have been progressing, but the pace has been slow. The project will identify bottlenecks to greater financial stability and integration in the region, and make policy recommendations to enhance their effectiveness. The project will also examine recent trends in microfinance for both individuals and firms in emerging Asian economies; institutional and regulatory barriers to the expansion of microfinance; microprudential and macroprudential financial stability risks associated with the expansion of microfinance; and policy options to reform the regulation of microfinance to encourage its expansion without jeopardizing financial stability. It will also examine issues related to promotion of financial education to support greater financial inclusion.


The conference will promote a discussion on relevant issues that are expected to contribute to the theoretical and empirical literature and regional policy dialogue.

The key issue to be analyzed in the project is ways to promote financial integration and inclusion while preserving financial stability. In particular, the project will cover the following thematic areas:

  • An assessment of the progress of financial integration in the region, identification of obstacles to further progress and possible measures to promote such progress;
  • An assessment of policy efforts to promote competition in the financial sector while preserving financial stability;
  • An assessment of recent developments of policies to promote financial inclusion in the region, especially greater access to financing of small- and medium-sized enterprises;
  • An assessment of the nexus between promoting financial inclusion and the need to preserve financial stability; and
  • An assessment of ways to promote financial education to support financial inclusion.


All papers prepared for this activity will be considered for publication in the ADBI working paper series.


The authors of the research papers, scholars from well-known universities, research institutions, think thanks, and experts from government agencies, and a broader audience from public and private organization as well as postgraduate students. 200 persons.

How to register

Online registration.


English and Japanese (Simultaneous Interpretation will be provided)


Financial Services Agency
Japan and International Monetary Fund