7th Annual Central Asian & Caucasus Microfinance Forum

Central Asian & Caucasus Microfinance Forum
26 – 27 October 2017
Tbilisi, Georgia

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Summary

Microfinance goes digital: opportunities & challenges
in the Caucasus & Central Asia

The microfinance market in Central Asia & Caucasus is young and dynamic. Regional microfinance market is acute and recently gaining popularity. Microfinance investment opportunities have significantly grown and diversified in recent years as the MFI market grows and matures.

Discussions and presentations format will allow participants to share their experiences, ask questions to the experts, as well as communicate with colleagues about the most trending issues of the microfinance sector at our Central Asian & Caucasus Microfinance Forum in Tbilisi.

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Agenda

DAY 1

Market and investment outlook. What are growth predictions for 2017-2018 in Caucasus and Central Asia?
New developments in the regulation of microfinance 2017-2018 in Georgia
New developments in the regulation of microfinance 2017-2018 in Azerbaijan

1.  FUNDING POLICY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Panel Discussion: Industry outlook & performance of Microfinance institutions
  • Access to finance in local currency
  • Access to finance for SMEs in the Caucasus countries
  • SME finance: a success story
  • What MFIs need to do to make their organisation more attractive for new investors
  • Green Microfinance – focus on Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
  • Crowdfunding challenges and opportunities in Georgia
  • INTERACTIVE SPOTLIGHT SESSION ON MFIs & INVESTORS

DAY 2

2. FINTECH FOR FINANCIAL INCLUSION: ACCESS, QUALITY AND UTILISATION IN A COST-EFFECTIVE MANNER

  • Innovative financial inclusion
  • Fintech for MFIs and new financial services offered by MFIs
  • Panel Discussion: The importance of client protection principles in microfinance:
  • Microfinance credit risk management: credit scoring in the region
  • Expanding access to finance through mobile
  • Workshop on “Combining customer insights with MIS data to really “Know your customer”
  • Future of digital finance in microfinance in Caucasus and Central Asia

SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

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Elizabeth Davitashvili

Principal Banker
EBRD, Georgia

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Sevara Mukhamet-Alieva

Regional Manager/Eastern Europe, Middle East , Central Asia and Caucasus
BlueOrchard Finance LTD/ Tbilisi, Georgia

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Besik Shengelia

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Georgian Microfinance Association

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Farida Abdulhafizova

Senior Analyst
MicroFinanza Rating – Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

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Rovshan Rahimov

Eastern Europe and Central Asia Analyst
MIX, Azerbaijan

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Stefan Martiniak

CEO
CJSC “The First MicroCredit Company”, Kyrgyzstan

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Rusudan Kharabadze

Business Development Manager for Caucasus and Africa
ASPEKT – Business Analyses and Global Solutions, Macedonia

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Debbie Watkins

Managing Director, APMEA
Fern Software, Singapore

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Tatiana Babii

Regional Manager (Eastern Europe, Caucausus and Central Asia)
Triple Jump BV, Georgia

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Zinaida Vasilenko

Senior Investment Officer
responsAbility, France

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Theo Brouwers

Managing Director
ACTIAM Impact Investing, The Netherlands

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Bulat Dosmukhamedov

General Director
Saas Credit Group, Russia

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Oleg Flaum

Banking Expert
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Germany

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Armenuhi Mkrtchyan

Head of Consumer Protection and Financial Education Center
Central Bank of Armenia

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Galina Bakhmetyeva

General Director
Brainysoft, Russia

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Margot Jacobs CFA

Senior Advisor
East Capital Private Equity AB, Sweden

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Irma Bokuchava

Head of Non-Banking Institutions Supervision Department
National Bank of Georgia

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Altynai Valikhanova

Senior Investment Officer
Triodos Investment Management, The Netherlands

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Olivier Edelman

Head of Microfinance Unit
European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

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Ilona Mianecka-Pniewska

Frankfurt School Development Finance e-Campus, Project Coordinator
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany

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Erika Buerkle

Advisor to the National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic
National Program for the Improvement of Financial Literacy of the Population
National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic

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Christoph Eckart

Senior Fund Manager for the Dual Return
Vision Microfinance Funds at C-Quadrat Asset Management, Austria

Partners

Testimonials

“Good networking opportunity, sharing experience”
IFC, Kyrgyzstan

“We found the Uniglobal conference beneficial and interesting, especially in this challenging times.”
Triple Jump, Georgia

“The event in Bishkek was a really good one – well organized, right audience, interesting topics. We are going definitely to support it in the future.”
Software Group, Bulgaria

“All hot topics were discussed and liked very much the speakers’ presentations.”
MFI “Esil”, Kazakhstan

“The event is organized at the appropriate level of quality”
MFI “Esil”, Kazakhstan

“It was relevant to get overall information about the region”
LLC MFO Credo, Georgia

Where and when

CRON PALACE HOTEL TBILISI
Ortachala, Pirveli Kheivani street 12/13
Tel: (032 2) 24 23 22 (21)
http://www.continentcronhotel.com/

Tbilisi, Georgia
26 – 27 October 2017

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7th Annual Central Asian & Caucasus Microfinance Forum
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