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ADB - Fintelekt Seminar: Digital Payment Systems, Mobile Money Services & Agent Banking

January 23, 2018
Hotel Lakeshore, Gulshan 2, Dhaka

The rapid penetration of smartphones, aided by private sector innovation has fuelled high rate of growth in digital payments and mobile money services in Bangladesh. Due to growing accessibility and viability, mobile money services, in particular, are showing the promise of expanding financial inclusion in the country.

The regulatory environment in Bangladesh around digital payments and mobile money, although developing, is positive and encouraging. Fintech is expected to play a significant role too, by helping to supplement and diversify the existing financial eco-system.

In this context, Fintelekt, in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) organised a seminar on “Digital Payment Systems, Mobile Money Services and Agent Banking”. ADB presented the highlights from its recent study on financial disruption and inclusion. In addition, the seminar featured speakers who discussed opportunity areas within existing distribution systems, potential for fintech-led disruption, collaborative frameworks, and regulatory expectations on mobile money services and digital payment systems.


8.45 am to 9.15 am

9.15 am to 9.30 am
Welcome Note
Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services

9.30 am to 9.45 am
Opening Remarks
Manmohan Parkash, Country Director, Bangladesh Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank

9.45 am to 10.15 am
Inaugural Address
Lila Rashid, General Manager, Payment Systems Department, Bangladesh Bank

10.15 am to 11.30 am
Keynote Presentation
Financial Disruption and Inclusion: Digital Payment Systems, Mobile Money Services and Agent Banking – A Global and Tri-Market Perspective
Judah J Levine, CEO, Mondato, USA

11.30 am to 12.00 pm

12.00 pm to 12.30 pm
The Role of Mobile Wallets in Enhancing Financial Inclusion in the Country
Major General Sheikh MD Monirul Islam, ndc.psc (retd), Chief External & Corporate Affairs Officer, bKash

12.30 pm to 1.00 pm
Maintaining an Optimum Balance Between Financial Inclusion and Compliance
Sarwar MAQ Chowdhury, Bangladesh Representative, Fintelekt & Consultant, Islami Bank Bangladesh

1.00 pm to 1.45 pm

1.45 pm to 2.30 pm
Leveraging Innovative Techniques and Social Media to Further Financial Inclusion
Nazmul Karim Chowdhury, Senior Vice President & Head of Brand, The City Bank

2.30 pm to 2.45 pm
Closing Remarks
Karishma Dattani, Research Associate, Fintelekt Advisory Services

2.45 pm to 3.15 pm