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National Bank of Ukraine and MasterCard to Hold the first in Ukraine Financial Inclusion Forum

6 June 2018

Press Release


On 12 June 2018, Kyiv will host Finclusion UA: Forum on Financial Inclusion in the National Cultural and Art and Museum Complex Mystetskyi Arsenal.


The key objective of the forum is to include people in financial services and determine how business and the state should cooperate on implementing financial inclusion, which global practices of creating a financially inclusive society have proven to be effective and which of these can be applicable in Ukraine to foster cashless settlements and financial security for the general public, and how financial inclusion will impact the economy in the future.


The event covers panel discussions, case exchanges, speeches of experts from Azerbaijan, Poland, Singapore, Sweden and leading players in the Ukrainian financial market. In particular, experts sharing their experience will include Ian Taylor, Vice President of Business Development Europe, Government & Public Sector at MasterCard Europe, Gabriel Söderberg, Adviser at the Financial Stability Department of the Riksbank of Sweden, Scott Bales, Managing Director of advisory firm Innovation Labs Asia, Fırat Sabit, Mastercard Advisor for the Cashless Azerbaijan project, and others.


This forum will be the first grand platform for discussing financial inclusion at the highest level. Bank CEOs, representatives of state institutions, top retail, digital and insurance companies and other players in the financial market.


Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Yakiv Smolii and Country Manager of MasterCard Europe representative office in Ukraine Vira Platonova will open the forum.


“The National Bank of Ukraine defines financial inclusion as one of the priorities of its mid-term Strategy.  We are certain that accessibility of financial services and financial innovations call for awareness, capabilities and skills to put the former into practice. Consequently, this effects high-level decision-making and encourages responsible financial behavior thus fostering welfare for each and everyone in the country,” noted the NBU Governor Yakiv Smolii.


“Access to financial services, as well as to payment instruments, contributes to welfare and the quality of life making it more simplistic, convenient and secure. Every day we introduce payment technologies in the retail and service network and the infrastructure of the country promoting the development of transparent cashless economy. This progress rests on partnership with financial institutions and government agencies. We have launched 500 programs in over 50 countries over the globe, so that the most possible number of customers could enjoy the benefits of the cutting-edge financial services. We believe, that our vision of the cashless world has never been so close to reality and daily cooperation of business, state authorities and the public makes everything possible to enable this transition,” notes Vira Platonova, Country Manager of MasterCard in Ukraine.



Last modification   06.06.2018