FSI-GPFI conference discusses implications of fintech and other regulatory and supervisory developments for financial inclusion

Fourth FSI-GPFI conference on global standard-setting bodies and innovative financial inclusion, Basel, Switzerland, 25-26 October 2018

Press release  | 
02 November 2018

The BIS's Financial Stability Institute (FSI) and the G20's Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) convened the fourth biennial conference on global standard-setting bodies (SSBs) and innovative financial inclusion on 25-26 October 2018 in Basel, Switzerland.

The conference came on the heels of the launching at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meetings of the Bali Fintech Agenda - a 12-element blueprint for harnessing fintech's opportunities, including for financial inclusion and financial sector development, while mitigating emerging risks to vulnerable retail customers and to the integrity and stability of the global financial system.

Around 90 invited thought leaders attended the conference, representing global SSBs, national financial sector authorities, international organisations and private sector institutions on the frontlines of what the Bali Fintech Agenda refers to as "the fintech revolution".

The conference took place in the context of accelerating change in the financial services landscape in countries across the income spectrum, including expanding opportunities for financial inclusion, but also new challenges for country-level authorities and for SSBs.

Following a video offering reflections by Governor Nestor A Espenilla Jr of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on the dramatic changes brought about by fintech since the first biennial FSI-GPFI conference in 2012, participants discussed the implications of these changes for financial regulation and supervision and the work of the SSBs. Participants explored specific examples of adapting regulatory, supervisory and safety net practices to take into account fintech developments; ways for financial sector authorities to leverage the same technologies driving fintech to support their own work; and the application of the concept of proportionality in the implementation and assessment of international standards.

Fintech has brought a new paradigm to the design and implementation strategies for financial inclusion. For example, smartphones for mobile banking and investing services are technologies that are making financial services much more accessible to the general public. Read the speech

Luiz Awazu Pereira da Silva, BIS Deputy General Manager

Conference discussions also addressed pertinent topics such as the use and protection of consumer data, key to the digitisation focus of financial inclusion priorities under the Argentine G20 presidency.

Our signature deliverable was the G20 Policy Guide on digitisation and informality: harnessing digital financial inclusion for individuals and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the informal economy.

Jimena Zuñiga, Advisor to the Presidency of the Central Bank of Argentina

A primary objective of the conference was to foster coordination and collaboration among SSBs on issues of cross-cutting relevance to financial inclusion. In this context, the conference explored lessons learnt from the ongoing coordinated action among SSBs on de-risking as well as the new collaboration imperatives that accompany possible fintech breakthroughs of financial inclusion relevance.

The conference culminated in a session where senior representatives from SSBs and participants examined the implications of innovative financial inclusion for global standards and guidance, building on the previous discussions. This final session brought forward the key topics on which further coordination, collaboration and information-sharing might be beneficial.


Note to editors

The FSI was jointly created in 1998 by the BIS and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. The FSI's main objectives are to: (i) promote sound supervisory standards and practices globally and support full implementation of these standards in all countries; (ii) keep supervisors updated with the latest information on market products, practices and techniques; (iii) provide a venue for policy discussion and sharing of supervisory practices and experiences; and (iv) promote cross-sectoral and cross-border supervisory contacts and cooperation.

These objectives are achieved through the production of FSI Insights on policy implementation and other publications, meetings and conferences with senior officials and FSI Connect, the BIS's web-based learning tool for financial sector supervisors. For more about the FSI, visit www.bis.org/fsi.

The GPFI, established in 2010 following the G20 Summit in Seoul, is an inclusive platform for all G20 countries, interested non-G20 countries and relevant stakeholders to carry forward work on financial inclusion, including implementation of the G20 Financial Inclusion Action Plan, most recently updated in 2017. The GPFI is supported by the following Implementing Partners: the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, the Better than Cash Alliance, the International Finance Corporation, the International Foundation for Agricultural Development, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Bank.