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Colloquium – Fintech Opportunities for Southern and East Africa

12 July 2019
11:00 - 14:00

Date: 12 July 2019     
Time:  11:00 – 14:00
Venues: Video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban | Livestream via Vidyo

Panel: Krish Chetty (HSRC), Kinyanjui Mungai (UWC), Patrick Awori (Imaginarium)

Respondents: Respondent from the Busara Centre for Behaviourial Economics (Vidyo), Kennedy Kiplagat (LociAfrica), Isaac Were (Finman Consulting),  Representative from GIZ  (Link to Berlin)

Chair: Dr Jaya Josie (HSRC)

Rapid technology advancements are offering opportunities for countries in Southern and East Africa. Financial technologies or fintech, can assist countries in this region to leapfrog over expensive infrastructure investments Fintech can also assist lower-income consumers to  gain easier access and sustainability use financial services. To best deliver these benefits, this study examines the barriers faced by the financially excluded and the innovative financial entrepreneur. In reviewing the factors affecting the demand for and supply of financial services, the study defines the determinants of financial inclusion promoting the needs of the consumer and recognising the requirements of innovators to gain access to the market and compete within the financial sector. By identifying the sustainable usage of financial products as the goal for financial inclusion, this study explores whether benefits such as increased savings, access to credit and small business empowerment can contribute to poverty and inequality reduction in the region. This colloquium provides you the opportunity to learn of primary research conducted in Southern and East African countries, discussing how financial technologies can promote socio economic benefits in the region. Contributions will be made from researchers and private sector participants active within the fintech sector.

Kindly RSVP by 11 July 2019

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Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference Room, 1st  floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
Contact Arlene Grossberg  | T: (012) 302 2811  | E:
Cape Town: HSRC Video Conference Room, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
Contact Shouneez Khan| T: (021) 466 7948 | E:
Durban: HSRC Video Conference Room, The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001.
Contact Ridhwaan Khan  | T: (031) 242 5400  | C: 083 788 2786  | E: or Wiseman Mbambo | E:

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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