Kenya hosts region’s top mobile banking conference

The conference will play an important role in reinforcing Nairobi’s role as the region’s financial services centre, reflecting the country’s leadership position in mobile banking.

The AITEC’s annual Banking & Mobile Money Conference for the COMESA region, will be held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre over 24-25 February in Nairobi. The speaking sessions will be opened by Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Professor Njuguna Ndung’u, Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya.

“When we started this conference series four years ago, the emphasis was on East Africa learning from the rest of the world, now bankers, mobile operators and others wanting to learn about mobile banking will be coming to Nairobi to learn from innovators in the region”, said Sean Moroney, Chairman of AITEC, the event’s organizer.

According to Moroney, the conference will showcase the current mobile payments innovations around Africa, highlight the benefits of electronic payments and banks’ strategies to support latest technologies in mobile services.

As keynote speakers, Charles Niehaus, MD of Visa Sub-Saharan Africa will present “The benefits of electronic payments in driving economies” while Cormac Petit, Banking Industry Leader, IBM Institute for Business Value in the Netherlands, will debate on “Fit, focused and ready to fight: How banks can get in shape for the battle ahead”.

The event is sponsored by Paynet Group, Sun Microsystems, Technology Associates and Kenya Bankers Association, to name a few. The Gates Foundation will hold a briefing at the event for bank top CEOs, on providing banking services for the unbanked.

Over 70 speakers are assigned to the 19 sessions over two days, with expert contribution from industry leaders on banking, microfinance and mobile payment. A specialized exhibition is also included, showcasing products and services for the financial services sector, with over 40 local and international exhibitors.

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