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FT Africa Payments Innovation Summit 2019

Powering Africa’s Future

Nairobi |
Speakers include:
Ashish J. Thakkar

Ashish J. Thakkar

Mara Group

Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Ibrahim  Stevens

Ibrahim Stevens

Bank of Sierra Leone

Overview

Africa has carved out a significant role in payments innovation, with its advances in mobile money frequently cited as a benchmark for the rest of the world. Major corporates, governments and entrepreneurs are developing new solutions to address traditional challenges such as inclusion, empowerment and economic development. And while mobile money continues to be an important area of development, new technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as cryptocurrencies, are also having a growing impact. New alliances between payments firms, telcos and other business sectors are being forged as increasingly complex services are being rolled out, and there is a renewed focus on incubator and accelerator programmes.

With all these developments, the role of regulators in creating an enabling environment for new solutions continues to come under the spotlight, as does the need for robust and easy-to-use security and KYC processes. FT Africa Payments Innovation: Powering Africa’s future will bring together key players from across the financial, telecoms, retail, government and fintech sectors to debate how innovative payments solutions can create opportunities, drive inclusion and power Africa’s continued development. It will also examine how innovative projects are financed and how free trade agreements are driving the need for greater cross-border interoperability.

Government ministries, regulators, policy makers, banks, telcos, fintechs, new payment providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), hardware suppliers, software developers, mobile service providers and distributors will explore the role of payments innovation in meeting the needs of the next generation of consumers; consider the future of big payments innovations; and examine the challenges that are still being faced by many innovators across the continent.

The summit will take a pan-African perspective when considering the opportunities and challenges of this growing market, drawing on case studies to examine how innovation is changing lives and powering Africa’s future.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 03/27/2019 08:00:0003/27/2019 17:45:00trueFT Africa Payments Innovation Summit 2019Africa has carved out a significant role in payments innovation, with its advances in mobile money frequently cited as a benchmark for the rest of the world. Major corporates, governments and entrepreneurs are developing new solutions to address traditional challenges such as inclusion, empowerment and economic development. And while mobile money continues to be an important area of development, new technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as cryptocurrencies, are also having a growing impact. New alliances between payments firms, telcos and other business sectors are being forged as increasingly complex services are being rolled out, and there is a renewed focus on incubator and accelerator programmes.With all these developments, the role of regulators in creating an enabling environment for new solutions continues to come under the spotlight, as does the need for robust and easy-to-use security and KYC processes. FT Africa Payments Innovation: Powering Africa’s future will bring together key players from across the financial, telecoms, retail, government and fintech sectors to debate how innovative payments solutions can create opportunities, drive inclusion and power Africa’s continued development. It will also examine how innovative projects are financed and how free trade agreements are driving the need for greater cross-border interoperability.Government ministries, regulators, policy makers, banks, telcos, fintechs, new payment providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), hardware suppliers, software developers, mobile service providers and distributors will explore the role of payments innovation in meeting the needs of the next generation of consumers; consider the future of big payments innovations; and examine the challenges that are still being faced by many innovators across the continent.The summit will take a pan-African perspective when considering the opportunities and challenges of this growing market, drawing on case studies to examine how innovation is changing lives and powering Africa’s future.FT-Africa-Payments-Innovation-Summit-20194c34633fd090b6b69f6415733fc11cbbMM/DD/YYYY

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Agenda - 27th Mar

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Opening ministerial keynote discussion: Innovation, opportunity and inclusion
    • How are African states revamping government payment infrastructure, and what does this mean for innovation?
    • What is the role of digital identity in payments innovation?
    • How are governments promoting digital payments and digital banking?
    • How do you leverage technologies to drive financial inclusion?
    • How can innovation and inclusion projects help achieve sustainable development goals?
    • How do you create policies to drive innovation?
    • How are governments using mobile payments innovations to raise tax revenues? And what impact is this having on the market?
    • How is government legislation reining in lenders in the digital space, and what impact is this having?
    • How will new data protection laws affect the payments sector?
  • 9:50am
    Opening case study: Blockchain and refugee camps
  • 10:00am
    Followed by Panel discussion: Cryptocurrencies and payments
    • What is the role of cryptocurrencies in the African payments ecosystem?
    • How do you regulate cryptocurrencies?
    • How can blockchain and bitcoin promote economic development?
    • What new business models open up with the use of blockchain and cyrptocurrencies?
    • What are the challenges of and opportunities for cryptocurrency usage in Africa?
    • Could a blockchain-based network replace the correspondent banking network of old?
  • 10:40am
    Networking break
  • 11:10am
    The C-Suite Session: Moving beyond basic payments
    • What is the focus of banks’ and telcos’ incubator and accelerator programmes?
    • What do some of the new alliances between payments firms and telcos mean for the sector?
    • How are telcos and tech firms addressing the challenge of slow internet speeds in rural Africa? And what does this mean for payments innovation across the continent?
    • How do you capitalise on opportunities in the eCommerce market?
    • How do you overcome the hurdles to deliver complex financial services, such as insurance, in an innovative way?
    • How are banks using data more efficiently for KYC?
    • How do you roll out a successful digital banking solution?
    • How do you protect customer data from both internal and external fraudsters?

    Bruno Witvoet, President, Unilever Africa

    Raghav Prasad, Division President, Sub-Saharan Africa, Mastercard

  • 12:00pm
    Fireside chat: The view from the ground
    • How do you build an innovative tech firm to help solve real-world challenges?
    • How are tech firms making a difference on the ground?
    • What issues do firms on the ground face when rolling out technology?
    • How do you raise funds to get your scheme into the real world?
  • 12:30pm
    Keynote

    Ashish J Thakkar, CEO, Mara Group

  • 12:50pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Keynote interview: Payments innovation and free trade
    • How will the signing of the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area promote growth and development?
    • What will greater African free trade mean for banks and telcos?
    • What do banks need from regulators when it comes to free trade?
    • What is the role of payments innovation in promoting free trade?
  • 2:30pm
    Leader’s Dialogue: Regulating the evolving payments ecosystem
    • Why is digital financial inclusion so important to Africa’s future development?
    • What is the role of regulators in promoting financial inclusion?
    • How can regulators drive the interoperability of payments systems?
    • What is the role of regulators in promoting greater African free trade?
    • What can we learn from the payments successes and failures of the past?
    • How do you promote and support the development of eCommerce?
    • Who should drive innovative payments services? Telcos or banks?
    • How do you regulate developments in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

    Vera Songwe, Under Secretary General, UNand Executive Secretary United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

  • 3:20pm
    Spotlight on security
  • 3:40pm
    Networking break
  • 4:10pm
    Fireside chat: Private equity and payments innovation
    • What impact is private equity having on Africa’s payments landscape?
    • What do private equity investors want from innovators?
    • How do private equity investors add value to an innovative company?
    • How do you manage risk in an investment?

    Moderator:

    Joy Macknight, Deputy Editor, The Banker, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    The innovators’ session

    Startups focussed on payments technology for women's empowerment and shortlisted by our editorial panel will make an elevator pitch to our audience of banking, telecoms and tech leaders. 

  • 5:20pm
    Closing keynote interview: What’s next for innovation in Africa?
    • As smartphone penetration increases, what is the future of cash?
    • How do you promote the growth of eCommerce?
    • What will be the big payments challenges in 2020 and beyond?
    • How will digital financial services change in the future?
    • What needs to be done to make agribusiness successful in the future?
    • How will the role of banks and telcos change in the future?
    • What is the future role of innovation in B2B trade?
    • What is the future for emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain and quantum computing?
  • 5:40pm
    Chair’s concluding remarks

    David Pilling, Africa Editor, Financial Times

Confirmed Speakers (5)

Ashish J. Thakkar

Ashish J. Thakkar

CEO
Mara Group

Ashish J Thakkar is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first business in 1996 at the age of 15 with a $5,000 loan. Since then, he has driven the growth of the company from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognised multi-sector investment group that exists today. Through its investments, Mara Group now employs over 10,000 people across 22 African countries in sectors spanning technology, financial services, manufacturing, real estate and agriculture.  Mr Thakkar continues to drive the business development and strategy of Mara. In 2012, he was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in recognition of his success and leadership in driving social and economic change in Africa. Mr Thakkar is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa and was recently awarded ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Singapore. Mr Thakkar also advises several heads of state in Sub-Saharan Africa, and sits on Dell’s Global Advisory Board and the Board of the Africa Center in NYC.  Mr Thakkar is passionate about enabling, empowering and inspiring young male and female entrepreneurs. Consequently, in 2009, he founded Mara Foundation to foster and support emerging entrepreneurs through mentorship and venture philanthropy.

Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe

Executive Secretary
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Vera Songwe took up her new role as the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on 3 August 2017.

She brings to ECA and the position of Executive Secretary a long-standing track record of providing policy advice on development and a wealth of experience in delivering development results for Africa, as well as a demonstrated strong and clear strategic vision for the continent.

Until recently, she was Regional Director of the International Finance Corporation, covering West and Central Africa. In addition, she continues to serve as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative. She is also a member of the African Union institutional reform team under the direction of the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, and a board member of the African Leadership Network and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Previously, Dr Songwe was Country Director for the World Bank, covering Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal. She was also Adviser to the Managing Director of the World Bank for Africa, Europe and Central and South Asia and a lead Country Sector Coordinator for the organization. She had earlier served as the World Bank’s Senior Economist in the Philippines.

Prior to joining the World Bank, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota and at the University of Southern California.

Dr Songwe holds a PhD in Mathematical Economics from the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics and a Master of Arts in Law and Economics and a Diplôme d’études approfondies in Economic Science and Politics from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan. She is also a graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes College in Cameroon and has published widely on development and economic issues.

Ibrahim  Stevens

Ibrahim Stevens

Deputy Governor
Bank of Sierra Leone

Ibrahim Stevens has been Deputy Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone since July 2014. He is an experienced central banker, research economist and senior policy analyst. He was previously Country Programme Director for the DfID-funded International Growth Centre (IGC), which is based at the London School of Economics. Before joining the IGC, he was Macroeconomic Adviser to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in Rwanda and Head of Project for the German International Cooperation (GIZ)-funded project on Macroeconomic Advice to Rwanda. The project also covered the Central Bank of Rwanda. Before moving to Rwanda, he was a Senior Economist at the Bank of England for 10 years, where he worked in Financial Stability and Monetary Analysis. He was also an adviser and manager at its Centre for Central Banking Studies (CCBS), where he provided policy advice and capacity building, and promoted collaboration with other central banks. In this role, he visited more than 40 central banks/countries. In 2008-2009, he was seconded to the Bank of Sierra Leone as Senior Policy Adviser and Head of Research. Dr Stevens has a PhD in Financial Economics from Durham University, UK. His research interests are financial stability, monetary analysis and applied financial econometrics. His work has been published in a number of international academic journals. 

Bruno  Witvoet

Bruno Witvoet

Executive Vice-President, Africa
Unilever
Raghav  Prasad

Raghav Prasad

Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa
Mastercard
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Apply to be part of the Innovators' Session

Innovators' Session Category and Guidelines

19 November 2018 – Open for entry

31 December 2018 – Entry deadline

31 January 2019 – Speakers for the Innovations session confirmed

27 March 2019 – FT Africa Payments Innovation Summit 2019

ENTRY CRITERIA

The FT Africa Payments Innovation Summit 2019 will feature an Innovators’ Session that will give fin-tech start-ups an opportunity to speak to an audience of senior level decision makers in the banking, technology, telecoms and policy worlds.

Each start-up will give a five-minute elevator pitch followed by 2 mins Q&A. This will be followed by a broader panel discussion on the issues that innovators and start-ups face.

Those short-listed to speak must be start-ups that have been established in 2015 or later. The start-up must have developed a solution targeted at women’s empowerment.

The solution must involve the use of payments technology that can be shown to make a difference to the lives of women in Africa.

Only one participant in the start-up needs to submit an entry, but the entry must mention if there were other parties involved in the solution.

The FT Africa Payments Innovation Summit Editorial Panel will be looking for technologies and solutions that demonstrate innovation, utility and transformation. We welcome entries from start-ups from across Africa. Measurements of success, i.e. metrics, are critical components of any submission.

The deadline for entries is Monday, December 31st, 2018.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The deadline for entries is Monday, December 31st, 2018.

The entry period for start-ups runs from 1 January 2015 to 31 October 2018. Start-ups must have been established between these dates.

Entrants may include graphics in the entry form and may also send additional, relevant information. Anything too lengthy, however, will be ignored and exceeding the word limit is strongly discouraged. Succinct and relevant entries will be more effective.

The editorial team will be looking for entries that clearly demonstrate innovation, utility and transformation of payments technology targeted at women’s empowerment.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES

Start-ups session 2019_entry form

Entry forms should be completed and submitted before Monday, December 31st, 2018. The completed entry form should be saved, in Word or pdf format, with a file name of Organisation, Solution e.g. GreatBank_femalepayments.pdf

Please send entry forms to: ftlive@ft.com

CATEGORIES

Start-ups should have developed a solution that can be used to promote women’s empowerment.

No award or financial reward is offered as part of the process, and start-ups selected to speak at the FT Africa Payments Innovation Summit 2019, which takes place on 27 March 2018, must pay their own travel costs.

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Chair and Moderators (4)

David Pilling

David Pilling

Africa Editor
Financial Times

David Pilling is the Africa Editor of the FT. Previously he was the Asia Editor (2008-16), Tokyo Bureau Chief (2002-08), Pharmaceuticals Correspondent (1999-2001), Deputy Features Editor (1997-99) and Chile/Argentina Correspondent (1993-97). He is the author of Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival (Penguin, 2014) and The Growth Delusion (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

East Africa Correspondent
Financial Times

Tom Wilson is East Africa Correspondent for the Financial Times based in Nairobi. He's written about business and politics in sub-Saharan Africa for the last decade, as a journalist, political analyst and investment adviser. Prior to joining the Financial Times he worked with Bloomberg as a foreign correspondent in the Democratic Republic of Congo and then in London. He has advised many of the biggest investors on the continent and written widely about the intersection between business, politics and resources.

Joy Macknight

Joy Macknight

Deputy Editor
The Banker

Joy Macknight is Deputy Editor at The Banker, covering transaction banking and technology. Previously, she was Features Editor at Profit & Loss, a foreign exchange and derivatives magazine and conference producer. Before that, she was Editorial Director at Treasury Today and Editor at gtnews, which cover corporate treasury. She also worked as a staff writer on Banking Technology and IBM Computer Today, as well as a freelancer on Computer Weekly. She has a BSc from the University of Victoria, Canada.

Lerato  Mbele-Roberts

Lerato Mbele-Roberts

Presenter, Africa Business Report
BBC World News

Lerato Mbele is presenter of Africa Business Report on BBC World News television. She joined the BBC in 2012.

Prior to that, Ms Mbele served as a Senior Business Anchor for CNBC Africa. She hosted a variety of business programmes and discussions related to the economics, business strategy, stock markets, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Ms Mbele began her journalism career in 1999 at South Africa’s state-owned broadcaster The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). She eventually served as an anchor for the channel’s daily news show News at 10 and also fronted the weekly show, Public Interest and The Ambassadors.

In early 2016, she was nominated in the media category of the inaugural New African Women Awards. Previously she was named on the Oprah O Magazine Power List of 21 African women “rocking the world”. In 2014, Ms Mbele was named a Young Global Leader, by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. She  is also the co-edited the book of “Designing Democracy” alongside Ayesha Kajee, that was during her short tenure as a researcher at the SA Institute of International Affairs. She is also a recipient of a literary award from the World Association of University of Women.

Ms Mbele is a Chevening Scholar who holds an MSc degree in Development Studies from The School of Oriental and African Studies, at the University of London. She completed her undergraduate and Honours degrees from the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch respectively. 

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Previous Speakers (6)

Patrick  Njoroge

Patrick Njoroge

Governor
Central Bank of Kenya

Patrick Njoroge was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) in June 2015. He is the first CBK Governor to be recruited through a competitive selection process that included vetting and parliamentary approval. As Governor, Dr Njoroge is also the CBK’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).

Before joining the CBK, Dr Njoroge worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC for more than 20 years. His roles at the IMF included Advisor to the Deputy Managing Director from December 2012 to June 2015, Deputy Division Chief of the Finance Department 2006 to 2012 and Mission Chief for Dominica 2005 to 2006. He was previously an Economist at the Kenyan Ministry of Finance and a Planning Officer at the Ministry of Planning.

Dr Njoroge was named Africa’s Governor of the Year 2016 by African Banker Awards during the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Annual Meetings in May 2016.

He has a PhD in Economics from Yale University and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.        

Milton A Weeks

Milton A Weeks

Executive Governor
Central Bank of Liberia

Milton A Weeks is the Executive Governor and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).  He has held various senior level positions in financial institutions across Africa including Liberia, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa and Nigeria, over the last 30 years, including serving as Chief Executive Officer for banks in Liberia, Malawi and Nigeria.

In 2015, HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, appointed Mr Weeks as a Member of the CBL Board of Governors, and then to his current post in 2016.  He is a former Board Chair of Liberia’s National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (2009-2012) and served seven years as Head of Secretariat of the Liberia Bankers Association (2008-2014).

Mr Weeks held elected office on the Executive Council of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce for many years.  He has previously served on the boards of Safeway Cargo Handling Services (FedEx GSP in Liberia), Ecohomes Liberia, Du Development Corporation, Du Investment Corporation, Business Development Services & Incubator (The Marketplace) and Auriole Enterprises.

Mr Weeks holds many high professional affiliations, including an Honorary Membership with the Chartered Institute of Bankers Nigeria, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Credit & Risk Management and the Institute of Credit Administration, both in Nigeria.

He has conducted research in areas critical to Liberia’s development, such as private sector development, the governance of business associations, and financial services in Liberia.

 

Elisabeth  Medou Badang

Elisabeth Medou Badang

CEO, Regional Director,
Orange Middle East and Africa

Elisabeth Medou Badang was recently promoted Regional Director at Orange Middle East and Africa overseeing three countries. Prior to that she has been the CEO of Orange Cameroon for four years. During her time at Orange Cameroon, she has promoted the growth of mobile money in the country and led this market. She has also developed internet penetration via mobile broadband access, covering more than 60% of the potential with 3G and 4G in less than two years.

She previously led Orange Botswana for four years and is the first African woman to manage an Orange affiliate. 

Ms Medou Badang received the African Telecommunication Manager of the Year Award in 2014 and the Chevalier de l’ordre du Mérite Français in 2013. 

She has a post-graduate degree in finance and Certificates in Executive Business programmes from EM Lyon Business School, France, Cranfield University and ESCP.

James Mwangi, CBS

James Mwangi, CBS

Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Equity Group

James Mwangi is Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Office of Equity Group. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Equity Group Foundation (EGF), which aims to create the financial and operational infrastructure for social programmes for low-income populations.

He started his career as an auditor. He steered Equity Bank (then Equity Building Society) from insolvency and near closure in 1993 and went on to become its Director of Strategy. In 2004, he became the CEO of Equity Bank.

Dr Mwangi’s many awards include the 2012 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year; the 2007 Global Vision Award (G8 Summit); the 2009 and 2015 Africa CEO of the Year and 2012 Innovation Leader of the Year (Africa Investor Awards); the 2010 and 2011 African Banker of the Year (African Banker); and the Forbes 2012 Person of the Year. He was also named among the top 50 thought leaders in emerging markets and among the top 20 most influential people in Africa by the Financial Times in 2009. Most recently, he was named Kenya’s Top CEO at the Think Business Banking Awards and Banker of the Year at the Banker Africa - East Africa Awards 2017.

He is a board member of the Africa Leadership Academy and Chair of the Steering Committee of the YALI Regional Leadership Center, East Africa. He also serves at the Global Advisory Council of VISA Inc, the Clinton Global Initiative, the G8 New Alliance for Food Security & Nutrition and the Global Agenda Council on New Economic Thinking of the World Economic Forum. In addition, he is Chairman of Kenya's Vision 2030 Delivery Board.

He is a guest lecturer at Stanford, Columbia, MIT, Harvard, IESE and Lagos Business School, Nigeria.

Dr Mwangi has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore - IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain). 

Senator Gideon  Moi

Senator Gideon Moi

Chairman
Senate ICT Committee, Kenyan Government

Hon Gideon Kipsielei Moi has been the Senator for the Kenyan county of Baringo since 2013. He is Chairman of The Kenya Africa National Union (KANU) Party and Chairman of the Senate, ICT Committee. 

Senator Moi was previously Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy. Under his chairmanship, he sponsored the Local Content Bill. As a result, he was voted Legislator of the Year at the 2017 Oil and Gas Awards for exceptional legislation that has a positive impact on the lives of people. 

In 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters by Kabarak University, Kenya, and appointed Kabarak University Pro-chancellor. The senator was honoured for his exemplary service to humanity during his time in government and in his political career that began in 2002.

Mukhisa  Kituyi

Mukhisa Kituyi

Secretary-General
UNCTAD

Mukhisa Kituyi has been Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) since September 2013.

Dr Kituyi has an extensive background as an elected official, academic and holder of high government office. Elected to the Parliament of Kenya in 1992, he was twice re-elected. He was the country’s Minister of Trade and Industry from 2002 to 2007.

Prior to becoming Secretary-General, Dr Kituyi was Chief Executive of Kenya Institute of Governance and a Fellow of the Brookings Institution. He was an expert advisor to the presidents of the East African Community (EAC) from 2008 to 2012 and a consultant for the African Union Commission (AUC) from 2011 to 2012, helping to develop a pan-African charter and roadmap for a comprehensive free trade area. 

Dr Kituyi studied Political science and International Relations at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, receiving a BA in 1982. He has an MPhil and a PhD from the University of Bergen, Norway.

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WHY ATTEND

  • Network with leaders from throughout Africa and experts from all parts of the payment innovation value chain, in one of the most dynamic markets in the continent for the sector.
  • Hear the experts' opinion on challenges such as security and interoperability, and learn about efforts led by industry, government and regulators to deal with these challenges.
  • Learn about pan-African initiatives that are helping to drive innovation and enable the unbanked to enter the financial system - in turn driving development.
  • Establish relationships with local, regional and international partners.
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WHO ATTENDS

The FT Africa Payments Innovation Summit will be attended by senior-level representatives from:

  • Government ministries
  • Regulators
  • Policy makers
  • Banks and financial services
  • Telcos
  • Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Hardware suppliers
  • Software developers
  • Mobile service providers and distributors.
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