New Technologies, Financial Inclusion and Monetary Policy in CCA Countries

July 12-13, 2021



Increasing financial inclusion and modernizing monetary policy frameworks are high policy priorities in many CCA countries. In these areas, adopting new technologies can bring many new benefits, but also new risks, to CCA economies. The discussions will build on lessons from international experience in managing these challenges and opportunities, and will help inform regulatory and policy reforms in the region.


Openning Remarks

Moderator: Oksana Pak – Head of Access to Finance and Entrepreneurship, EBRD

  • Jihad Azour – Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF
  • Marc Uzan – Executive Director, Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee

Fintech and Financial Inclusion

  • Presenter: Dong He – Deputy Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, IMF (10-15mn)
  • Discussants (20mn)
    • Anna Zelentsova – Co-chair, G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion
    • Ousmene Mandeng – Senior Advisor, Global Blockchain Technology, Accenture
    • Mikhail Lomtadze – CEO & Chief Ecosystem Officer,

Financial Inclusion and Monetary Transmission

  • Presenter: Leonardo Gambacorta – Head, Innovation and the Digital Economy, BIS
  • Discussants:
    • Martin Galstyan – Chairman, Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia
    • Thorsten Beck – Professor and Director, Florence School of Banking and Finance European University Institute
    • Binur Zhalenov – Chairman, Board of Payments & FinTech Research and Development Center, National Bank of Kazakhstan

New Technologies and Monetary Policy Frameworks

Moderator: Santiago Fernández de Lis – Head of Regulation, BBVA

  • Presenter: Denis Beau – Senior Deputy Governor, Banque de France
  • Discussants:
    • Thomas Moser – Alternate Member of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank
    • Elina Sidorenko – Head of Working group on CBDC and Digital Assets, Russian parliament

Wrapping Up and Looking Ahead

  • Speakers:
    • Tobias Adrian – Director and Counsellor, IMF, Monetary and Capital Markets Department
    • Nicolas Blancher – Central Asia Divison Chief, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF


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