Fresh thinking on growth and development in Asia and the Pacific

Regulatory Environments to Promote Financial Inclusion in Developing APEC and Other Regional Economies

Event | 17 - 18 October 2012 Melbourne, Australia


The event aims to promote effective financial inclusion regulations in the APEC economies and ADB developing member countries that also support financial systems stability. This forum will explore the challenges confronting the Asian region's central banks in their dual role of regulation and promotion of financial inclusion, especially for the developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region.


Access to finance, especially for micro, small, and medium enterprises, is a critical constraint in the developing countries of Asia and the Pacific. This policy dialogue will build on financial inclusion events organized by ADBI, including "Promoting Financial Inclusion Through Innovative Policies" (2009); "Financial Inclusion: Trends, Policies, and Challenges" (2010); "Financial Inclusion for Central Asia; the Caucasus and South Asia" (2011); and "The Asia-Pacific Financial Inclusion Forum" (2011).

The syllabus of the policy dialogue is built around issues and themes identified as relevant for promoting effective financial inclusion regulations (organized by the Australian APEC Study Center, RMIT University, AusAid, and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific).


  • Share experiences and approaches in different economies through a series of presentations, discussions, and case studies.
  • Highlight the best regulatory standards and practices, especially innovative ones that support the use of technology and IT systems.
  • Analysis and report of outcomes and recommendations on regulatory reforms to APEC and ASEAN leaders.
  • Increase awareness and knowledge in promoting financial inclusion in regional economies.


  • Sharing of best regulatory practices for promoting financial inclusion.
  • Create and facilitate stronger and sustainable linkages between policymakers, regulators, and financial institutions for promoting financial inclusion.
  • Concrete policy recommendations for financial inclusion.
  • Enhanced capacities of regional supervisors and regulators.


Senior and mid-level officials and experts.

How to register

By invitation only.




Actively participate in discussions and share views and experiences with others. Collaborate with other participants to prepare and make presentations during the course.


Australian APEC Study Center at RMIT University, AusAid, and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific.