Understanding Financial Inclusion in Asia – IEMS-CAG Workshop

Published on: 2015-02-25



Understanding Financial Inclusion in Asia - IEMS-CAG Workshop


An integral component of financial sector development in Asia relates to the issue of financial inclusion. Several emerging market economies in the region have put in place a plethora of initiatives to expand provision of financial services to firms and households through allowing greater access to the formal credit market. While financial inclusion and financial deepening can promote economic growth and contribute significantly to denting poverty and inequality that is rampant in the region, there are also concerns that it could aggravate systemic risk and financial instability. Considering the important role played by banks in achieving financial inclusion, with bank-based financial systems dominating other forms of providers of financial services, how do foreign banks affect financial inclusion? Does financial sector openness in general and foreign bank entry in particular enhance access to finance for households and the small and medium sized enterprises? What are the regulatory constraints in achieving financial inclusion in the region? Are the technological innovations aiding financial inclusion structurally incompatible with regulations? These and related dimensions of financial inclusion will be explored in this day and a half research workshop hosted by the Institute for Emerging Market Studies (IEMS) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and co-sponsored by Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG), at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS).

The program is available here


All available presentation slides and papers can be downloaded here.

Session 1: Financial Inclusion: Measurement and Determinants
Measuring Financial Inclusion for Asian Economies
Mandira Sarma, Center for Inernational Trade and Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Empirical Determinants of Financial Inclusion in Asia
Laurent Weill, University of Strasbourg and Bank of Finland

How does Foreign Bank Presence Affect financial Inclusion in Emerging and Development Economies
Sasidaran Gopalan, HKUST IEMS and Ramkishen S. Rajan, SPGIA, George Mason University and LKYSPP, National University of Singapore

Financial Inclusion in Sri Lanka
Ganga Tilakaratna, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka

Financial Inclusion and Financial Education
Naoyuki Yoshino, Asian Development Bank Institute and Keio University

Financial Inclusion in Indonesia: Moving Towards Digital Payment System
Moekti P. Soejachmoen, Mandiri Institute

About Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG)

The Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG), at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY-SPP), National University of Singapore (NUS), is a leading research centre focused on producing quality academic research relevant to public policy. Its motto “Objective Research with Impact” reflects the Centre’s commitment to ensuring its analysis informs policy and decision makers in and about Asia. This takes place through a combination of rigorous academic inquiry, expert collaboration, high level dialogue, public outreach, strategic networks and capacity building and training. The Centre, staffed by an international team of researchers, is uniquely placed to bridge Asia and the world on issues of global significance. Its work is both inward and outward looking, concentrating on how globalisation impacts Asia and Asia’s increased role in an integrated world. Within this remit the Centre focuses on four main areas: Major power relations in the Asia-Pacific; Regional regimes in the Asia-Pacific; Public goods issues (energy, food, water and health); and New approaches to building markets in Asia. In recognition of the complex inter-relationship between levels of decision making, CAG investigates the above fields at global, regional, national and sub-national levels. It welcomes exchange with other researchers, governments, business, civil society and other stakeholders. Visit CAG web site.

Related Content

[Publication] Financial Inclusion in Asia & Issues and Policy Concerns, a collection of paper presented at the Understanding Financial Inclusion Workshop

[Event] Understanding Financial Inclusion in Asia Workshop

[Video] “Comparative Models of Financial Inclusion”, a presentation by Kellee Tsai during the Workshop on Challenges in Emerging Markets in the 21st Century Workshop

[Event] Financial Inclusion – An Untapped Market Presentations featuring Kellee Tsai and Arnaud Ventura

[Thought Leadership Brief] Helping Microfinance Fulfill its Promise – Raising Borrower Incomes through Agent-Intermediated Lending authored by Sujata Visaria

[Working Paper] How Does Foreign Bank Entry Affect Financial Inclusion in Emerging and Developing Economies? authored by Sasidaran Gopalan and Ramkishen S. Rajan

Photo credit: Loans and repayment schedules. Mumbai, India. Photo: © Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 https://flic.kr/p/6jBTk7

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