Conference Room 2

09:30 –11:00:
Role of Financial Inclusion Policies for Remittances

11:30 – 13:00:
Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection

14:00 – 15:30:
Diaspora Capital: Entrepreneurship, Investment and Financial Intermediation

Conference Room 1

15:45 – 16:30:
Innovation Awards Ceremony
Migration and Development in the Remittance Marketplace: Innovation and Impact

16:30 – 17:15:
Sum-up by Panel Chairs and Contributions to the Global Forum on Remittances 2013

17:15 – 17:45:
Road Ahead and Conclusions

17:45 – 17:50:
Special Announcements

GFR2013 Gala Dinner – River Cruise

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Issue 3 – 22 May 2013

Bangkok Forum a success!
Participants at GFR2013 declared it a success on Tuesday, saying it was the first time such a diverse mix of remittance industry players had sat down face to face to discuss what should be everyone’s ultimate goal – making migrant workers’ money go as far as possible. Central bankers, micro-finance experts, diaspora organizations and even the world’s biggest money transfer company, called the quality of the discussions unprecedented. Read more

Sri Lanka rides post-war remittance boom
Remittances are pouring into Sri Lanka following the end of its civil war as migrant workers living abroad take a longer investment view on a homeland once wracked by violence, the country’s central bank chief said on Tuesday. Read more

Western Union bets on digital
Western Union, the world’s biggest Money Transfer Operator, is betting on remittances increasingly going online and mobile and is already seeing the dividends, said the man charged with prepping WU for a day when cash may not be the undisputed king. Read more

The GFR2013 family album
Take a look at the pictures we took during the Forum! Read more

Interview The ‘Don’ of remittance finance
Donald F. Terry knows a thing or two about remittances -- He’s been living and breathing the subject for 20 years and has helped place a once obscure corner of economics on the global agenda. Read more