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Analyzing Economic and Social Impact of Mobile Financial Services



 March 17, 2011, 12:30 - 2:00 pm ET 

 MC2 - 800

Welcome:  Alexia Latortue, Deputy CEO, CGAP

Chair: Philippe 
Dongier, ICT Sector Manager

Steve Rasmussen, Senior Microfinance Advisor, CGAP

Mrs. Harriet Berg, Vice President, Head of Governmental Relations, Telenor Group

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You are cordially invited to a presentation on the economic and social impact of mobile financial services based on the interim results of the study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The BCG is currently completing a study for Telenor on the topic, and will feature examples from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Serbia, covering both emerging and maturing markets for financial services. It will cover the impact of access via mobile phone to bill payment, savings, credits, insurance and remittance. 

• For the society, macro-economic effects (GDP, tax, jobs, entrepreneurship), as well as social implications of the services;

• For the individual consumer (banking the unbanked, serving the under-banked: safe access, availability, less dependent
on cash, access to other services); and

• For business and service providers - a new line of business aimed at an underserved customer segment

Speaker bio:

Mrs. Harriet Berg, Vice President, Head of Governmental Relations at the Telenor Group

Harriet E. Berg is Vice President Governmental Relations and was the head of Telenor’s Brussels office starting in 2001. Prior to joining Telenor, she was state secretary (deputy minister) for the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry from 1997 – 2000. She has also held several positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (joining the MFA in 1991). Mrs. Berg holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, New York.

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