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Conference on Country Experiences of Financial Inclusion, Regulation and Education in Thailand

Event | 31 October 2014 ADB Thailand Resident Mission

Purpose

The purpose of this event is to bring together academicians and think tank experts to discuss country experiences of financial inclusion, regulation and education with the aim of distilling policy lessons that may be applicable to other countries.

Background

Expansion of access to financial products and services for lower-income households and small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) is seen as a critical element of economic and financial development, but progress in Asian emerging economies has been mixed, and there are many important policy issues.

Squaring the goal of greater financial inclusion with the need to maintain financial stability, both at the macro and micro levels, is one consideration. Regulators are understandably cautious about extending the scope of the financial system to high-risk households and firms.

The role that financial education can play in supporting financial inclusion by improving the financial decision-making of households and SMEs is another important issue. However, financial education programs in most countries are still at an early stage, and little research has been done on the effectiveness of such education programs.

Objectives

The purpose of this event is to bring together academicians and think tank experts to discuss country experiences of financial inclusion, regulation and education with the aim of distilling policy lessons that may be applicable to other countries. One key aspect is to identify differences in priorities between advanced and emerging economies.

Outputs

This activity will produce a workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, with participation by academics and think tanks.

Participants

Academics, high-level policymakers and market participants; 40 persons.

How to register

By invitation only.

Language

English

Partners

ADB Thailand Resident Mission, Bangkok