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Papers presented at the

UNCITRAL International Colloquium on Microfinance
12-13 January 2011, Vienna

Welcome address - Timothy LEMAY

Financial inclusion and poverty reduction: the role of financial inclusion in achieving the Millennium Development Goals

David MORRISON (UNCDF) - Microfinance and the Millennium Development Goals: the way forward

Arun KASHYAP (UNDP) - Financial inclusion and poverty reduction: the role of financial inclusion in achieving the Millennium Development Goals

The session discussed the meaning of financial inclusion and key aspects of microfinance, particular attention was paid to the role of financial inclusion in achieving the MDGs.

The overall policy context for enabling inclusive finance

Carlos MOYA (Banco de las Oportunidades, Colombia) - Una política para promover el acceso a servicios financieros buscando equidad social

Jami SOLLI (United States of America) - National policy frameworks which promote financial inclusion

Eduardo CABRAL JIMENEZ (Philippines) - The microfinance and inclusive finance agenda: the BSP experience

Anne-Françoise LEFEVRE (WSBI) - The overall policy context for enabling inclusive finance

The discussion revolved around the role country policy frameworks play in advancing microfinance and on their key features. Current challenges were also presented.

The global enabling environment for microfinance: the G20, the Financial Action Task Force, the Basel Committee and other standards

Tim LYMAN (CGAP) - The global enabling environment for microfinance: the G20, the Financial Action Task Force, the Basel Committee and the other standard setting bodies

Bernd BALKENHOL (ILO) - Why financial inclusion matters to the working poor

Susanne DORASIL (GPFI)

The panel presented some of the main international bodies affecting national policy on financial sector regulation, as well as their initiatives directly or indirectly related to the development of microfinance.

Recent trends in financial inclusion: technological innovation, branchless banking and commercialisation

Leonard ALOO (Kenya)

Eduardo CABRAL JIMENEZ (Philippines) - Technological innovation and phone-banking: the BSP experience

Marusa VASCONCELOS FREIRE (Banco Central do Brazil, Brazil) - Social money (complementary currencies) research project = > solidarity finance

Kai SCHMITZ (World Bank) - Recent trends in financial inclusion

Ahreum LEE (ITLD) - Microfinance and UNCITRAL texts on electronic commerce

The session discussed some of the most recent and important technological and institutional innovations affecting access to microfinance.

Legal and regulatory aspects of microfinance

Albi RODRIGUEZ JARAMILO (Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)) - Aspectos legales y regulatorios de las microfinanzas (Creación y puesta en funcionamiento de la Corte Arbitral Microfinanciera / Huancayo-Perú)

M.R. UMARJI (Indian Banks' Association, India) - Financial inclusion: Indian experience; Regulation of microfinance institutions

Mike DENNIS (United States of America) - Some legal and regulatory issues relating to microfinance

Stéphanie KPENOU (ADIE, France) - Les cadres réglementaires français et européen du microcrédit

Sergio NAVAJAS (IADB) - Effective regulation and supervision of microfinance operations

The session looked at key legal and regulatory issues of microfinance (e.g. legal forms of microfinance institutions, conditions of loan, interest rates) both at regional and country level.

Proportionate regulation and supervision of microfinance - key issues

Tim LYMAN (CGAP) - Recommendations for proportionate regulation and supervision of microfinance

Marusa VASCONCELOS FREIRE (Banco Central do Brazil, Brazil)

M.R. UMARJI (Indian Banks' Association, India)

The session discussed the main features of a microfinance regulatory system.