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Digital Financial Services (DFS) Workshop

The primary purpose and objective of this workshop is to continue providing Caribbean stakeholders from various sectors with interactive sessions along the theme of utilizing technology innovations towards the goal of improving financial transactions and financing arrangements

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago27 April 2017

Description

The DFS Workshop that will be carried out from 27 to 28 April 2017, serves as a follow up to the Financial Technology (FinTech) workshop held in Trinidad 1st -3rd June 2016. Video coverage from last year's worshop are available at: http://vrb.al/fintechvids

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Policy makers & leaders  seeking greater participation in the digital economy
  • Financial and telecommunications/ICT regulators
  • Academia and institutions critical to research and development of the innovation sector
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to develop and use innovative financial solutions
  • Mobile network operators, banks, financial service providers, mobile financial services platform providers
  • International organizations, NGOs involved in financial inclusion programmes and civil society.

To join the Workshop on-line: 
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1. Go to https://un.webex.com/un/k2/j.php?MTID=t66e3a2a6f6284e03e86dfe1c841a1bdb 
2. Enter your name and email address (or registration ID). 
3. Enter the session password: dfsW2717. 
4. Click "Join Now". 
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen. 
To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link 
https://un.webex.com/un/k2/j.php?MTID=t19b79d5e85253f6c3d86fe29c20cea23 

 

Programme

DAY 1 – Mr. Peter Nichols (ECLAC) Chair/MC

Time

Session Type

Topic

Presenter/Panelist

8:00-9:00

Registration

 

 

9:00-10:00

Opening Ceremony

Welcome and conference roadmap

  • Opening speeches

  • Photo

  • Minister feature address

  • ITU

  • ECLAC

  • TATT

  • Hon. Darcy Boyce (Barbados)

10:00:10:15

PHOTO

 

 

10:15-10:45

Coffee

 

 

10:45-12:00

SESSION 1

Mini-case exploration: Encouraging participation in the digital economy

 

 

 

  • What is the opportunity (local and intl. payments)?

  • Traditional merchant payment solutions and alternatives

  • Perception amongst SMEs

  • Adequacy  of existing solutions

  • Need for better solutions?

  • Presenters:

    • Hon. Melford Nicholas (Antigua & Barbuda)

    • Robert de Gannes (Entrepreneur)

  • Respondents:

    • Jason Julien (FCB)

    • Glynis Alexander-Tam (InfoLinx)

  • Moderator: Indera Sagewan-Alli (Economist)

12:00-12:45

SESSION 2

Presentation:

The ITU Focus Group - Digital Financial Services (FG DFS) update

 

Outcomes of the ITU FG DFS initiative

  • Accomplishments

  • What’s next

  • Presenter : Vijay Mauree (ITU)

12:45-1:45

Lunch

 

 

1:45-3:00

SESSION 3

Panel discussion: Caribbean challenges and the need for new payment solutions

 

  • Challenges

    • Correspondent banking

    • Financial exclusion

    • Inefficiency of Commerce

  • How can tech/innovation assist?

    • G2P /PATH (Jamaica)

  • Creating functional / productive national payments committees

 

  • Presenter : Dr. Damien King (CaPRI)

  • Respondents:

    • Dr. Maurice McNaughton (UWI Mona)

    • Leslie Ann Des Vignes (CBTT)

  • Moderator: Bobby Williams (ECLAC)

 

 

3:00-3:30

Coffee

 

 

3:30-4:45

SESSION 4

Panel Discussion: FINTECH 3.0 Getting the regulatory environment  right

 

 

 

 

  • Does regulatory uncertainty stymie innovation?

  • Enabling innovation

    • ‘No objection’

  • Banks led models vs. Non-banks & regulators’ remit

  • Consumer Protection

  • Interoperability

  • Presenter: Dr. Maurice McNaughton (UWI Mona)

  • Respondents:

    • Terrence Clarke (BidRate)

    • Nigel  Stoddard (FIU)

  • Moderator: CTU

4:45 – 5:00

Recap and close

 

 

 

DAY 2 – Ms. Sherry McMillan (TATT) Chair/MC

8:00-8:25

Registration

 

 

8:25 - 8:45

 

  • Recap of DAY 1

  • Tribute to Michel Stéphane Bruno

  • TATT

  • Jacqueline Morris

8:45-10:00

SESSION 5

Mini Presentations: Mobile Money implementations in the Caribbean region: Consumer Protection Focus

 

 

  • Consumer Protection

  • Tiered service provision

  • Effects to products offered

  • Jamaican ‘mobile money’ license

  • Security & Privacy concerns

  • Presenters:

    • Michael Mc Naughton (Grace Kenedy)

    • Kavin Hewitt (MCONEC)

    • Dr. Kevin Butler (University of Florida)

  • Moderator: Karel Douglas(TATT)

10:00-10:30

Coffee

 

 

10:30 -11:15

SESSION 6

Presentation:

  • UK Regulatory sandbox

  • Digital Identity

Experience of participating in the UK regulatory sandbox & digital identity

  • Presenter : Nikola Tchouparov  (Oraclize)

 

11:15 -12:30

SESSION 7

Panel discussion: Financing aspects

  • Next generation funding models for emerging market startups and SMEs

  • OECS Electronic Payment Forum

  • Crowd funding workshops (Presentation, Updates from the OECS)

  • RegTech

  • Presenter (REMOTE): Ms Telly V. Onu (Quintessence Consulting)

  • Respondents:

    • Indera Sagewan-Alli (Economist)

    • Rachel Simms-Sealy (TTSEC)

  • Moderator: Marlon Marie (OECS)

 

12:30-1:30

Lunch

 

 

1:30-2:45

SESSION 8

Mini Presentations:

Digital Currency - Caribbean Landscape

 

  • What is the opportunity to bring relief to customers?

  • Consumer protection

  • KYC/AML

  • Challenges?

    • Becoming operational

    • Regulatory response

  • Digital Fiat

  • Distributed ledger protocol in financial inclusion

  • Blockchain & remittances

  • Presenters:

    • Robert Williams (ECLAC)

    • David Wen (eCurrency)

    • Gabriel Abed (Bitt)

 

  • Moderator: Dr. Damian King (CaPRI)

2:45-3:15

Coffee

 

 

3:15-4:30

SESSION 9

Plenary: Next Steps

  • Can we emulate other countries towards better payments e.g. Jamaica mobile money

  • What is required at policy regulatory and legislative levels?

  • How can national payments councils be improved?

  • Is a more inclusive approach required?

  • Is it a question of capacity? Prioritization of issues?

  • Where does it fit into regulator’s agenda at present?

 

  • Panelists:

    • Hon. Darcy Boyce (Barbados)

    • Vashti Maharaj (Attorney General Office, Trinidad)

    • Shiva Bissessar (Pinaka)

 

  • Moderator: Kwesi Prescod

4:30 – 4:45

  • Wrap up

  • Vote of thanks

  • Close