When: March 17, 2011, 12:30 - 2:00 pm ET
Where: MC2 - 800
Welcome: Alexia Latortue, Deputy CEO, CGAP
Chair: Philippe Dongier, ICT Sector Manager
Discussant: Steve Rasmussen, Senior Microfinance Advisor, CGAP
Speaker: Mrs. Harriet Berg, Vice President, Head of Governmental Relations, Telenor Group
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
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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