High-Level Policy Forum on
Advancing Women’s Financial Inclusion
in the Arab World


November 22-23, 2016
Dead Sea

Under the patronage of
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah

Breaking barriers,
liberating potential


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The Importance of financial inclusion in the Arab World

Financial inclusion is of utmost importance to policymakers across the Arab World as it stimulates economic growth, generates employment and fosters financial sector stability. Financial inclusion is also a central tool to empower women. Gender plays a crucial role as women have only limited access to credit or insurance products, while there are also constraints for opening a savings account or face generally difficulties to make use of financial product.

The G7 Deauville Partnership launched the Action Plan for Financial Inclusion in the Middle East and North Africa in April 2015. Following up on this, the Central Bank of Jordan, the Arab Monetary Fund, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit are pleased to announce the second edition of the high-level policy conference on financial inclusion dedicated to the topic “Advancing Women’s Financial Inclusion in the Arab World”


The High-level Policy Conference Of Global Relevance and Regional Importance: the Jordan Financial Inclusion Forum.

Greater access to and usage of financial services contributes to economic development and employment generation, objectives affiliated with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Jordan has made the first steps in financial inclusion 2015 by forming a Financial Inclusion Steering Committee led by the Central Bank of Jordan. The Bank embarked on a national policy process for enhancing the formal financial inclusion of all segments, mainly the youth, women, refugees, and low-income segments, to unleash economic and social development potentials.

The milestone event is of utmost importance for the Kingdom. The Central Bank will highlight Jordan’s key financial inclusion policy areas. The forum will be the first to feature a financial inclusion strategy under the Financial Inclusion in the Arab Region Initiative (FIARI).

The event will offer an exceptional opportunity for international networking and peer-learning. More than 150 policy-makers, representatives from financial regulatory authorities and ministries, decision-makers, professionals, civil sector stakeholders and development partners from the Arab World and around the globe will exchange knowledge on international developments in financial inclusion.


The Program in Jordan for Financial Inclusion Advocates Worldwide

Empowering the Majority and Vulnerable Groups: Moving Forward Towards Inclusive Growth.

The 2017 Jordan Financial Inclusion Forum will feature the regional high-level policy conference on December 4 and a capacity development program on December 5, 2017.

On December 4

On December 5

the policy conference will highlight the Financial Inclusion Strategy for Jordan and its six policy priority areas in the Kingdom: Digital Financial Services; Microfinance; Small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) finance; Financial Consumer Protection; Financial Capabilities; Data and Research.

The conference will give stage for prominent change agents and advocates to move forward the international dialogue on Financial Inclusion of Forcibly Displaced Persons and Women. It will deepen the debate on the Power of Regional Financial Inclusion Initiatives – of global relevance – for accelerating smart policies and actions across countries.

The second day features a capacity development programme by experts and policy-makers from the field. It covers sessions on data collection, empowering women through financial literacy as well as case studies on the manifold issues to women’s financial inclusion and good practices to overcome those.

under the Financial Inclusion for the Arab Region Initiative (FIARI), a capacity development programme on financial inclusion strategies will exclusively empower technical staff of central banks and ministries of finance from the Arab World.


Experts and Policy-makers.

The conference will feature high-level policy-makers, regulators, professionals and development partners from the region and beyond. Along with the unveiling of the Kingdom’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy, these speakers will share their knowledge and experience in the field of financial inclusion.


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