During this time of disruption, financial inclusion remains a powerful development tool to improve access to finance and to support vulnerable SMEs, individuals and households. The crisis has also highlighted the benefits of digital financial services in many different dimensions and its critical role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals now and in the post-pandemic world. Dr Kapoor was one of the panelist at the Africa Shared Value Virtual Summit on June 2, 2020.
In the session, panellists explored ways to bridge the gaps between business and society to unleash new growth opportunities across the continent.
Moderator: Makeda Mahadeo, Anchor and Producer CNBC Africa
Topics for discussion include the following:
- How the COVID-19 pandemic can pave the way for greater financial inclusion
- How financial institutions can leverage technology better to bridge the gap between business and society
- How we, as the African business community, can respond to ensure vulnerable households, SMMEs and service providers are resilient and recover
- How governments, funders, and financial institutions can collectively respond to these challenges
Our panel members include:
- Sanda Ojiambo, Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom
- Amit Kapoor, Honorary Chairman, Institute for Competitiveness, India
- Sazini Mojapelo, Managing Executive: Corporate Citizenship, Absa Group
- Edith Jiya, Group Chief Executive Officer, Old Mutual Malawi
- Clarence Nethengwe, MD, Old Mutual