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Second African Conference on Remittances and Postal Networks

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Host: International Fund for Agricultural Development

Date: 15 Nov 2016 - 16 Nov 2016

The Second African Conference on Remittances and Postal Networks is being organized in the framework of the African Postal Financial Services Initiative, a joint regional programme launched by IFAD’s Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR) in collaboration with the World Bank, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the World Savings Banks Institute/European Savings Banks Group (WSBI/ESBG) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), and co-financed by the European Union. This unique partnership aims to enhance competition in the African remittance market by promoting, supporting and enabling post offices in Africa to offer remittance and financial services and to foster dialogue between stakeholders, regulators and policy makers.

The Conference is a unique opportunity that brings together postal institutions and all relevant stakeholders to share information on the trends and developments in the remittance markets in Africa and to build on the recommendations of the first conference held in Cape Town in March 2015. The event will cover key topics such as the legal and institutional environment surrounding post offices and remittances, public and private partnerships, innovative technologies for financial inclusion, market positioning of postal operators and the various experiences on the ground. The conference will also focus on the pilot projects currently under implementation in Benin, Ghana, Madagascar and Senegal, in order to share best practices and discuss ways to expand and scale up the pilots to other countries.

Participation in the Second African Conference on Remittances and Postal Networks is by invitation only. The Official Report will be available after the Conference, in due course.

Venue: Novotel Abidjan

Location: Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire