Conversations: F. Christopher Calabia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Course Duration: 19 minutes
Course Points: 15

On this episode of Fridays with Fintelekt. Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services is in conversation with F. Christopher Calabia, Senior Advisor, Supervisory & Regulatory Policy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about financial inclusion and the role of digital financial services.

The Gates Foundation supports work that addresses inequities in healthcare, education and economic empowerment, especially for women and girls and believes that access to digital financial tools allows the unbanked and underbanked sections of the population to lift themselves and their families out of poverty sustainably.

The Foundation therefore has a direct interest in promoting appropriate regulation and support for the relatively new business model of digital financial services, and in ensuring that it is not abused for money laundering or terrorism financing.

Chris applauds the FATF’s initiative in broadening the dialogue and reaching out proactively to a wider set of stakeholders to study the unintended consequences of its standards. The consultative process will bring in voices that have not been represented in these discussions before – such as the poor, women, advocacy groups and international development organisations.

The conversation explores many more themes around the role of stablecoins in financial inclusion, regulatory evolution and how it can keep pace with technology trends, and the need for innovative approaches to regulation. 

Conversations: Isabella Chase, Royal United Services Institute

Course Duration: 23 minutes
Course Points: 20

In this episode of Fridays with Fintelekt, Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services is in conversation with Isabella Chase, Research Fellow at Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS), Royal United Services Institute.

Isabella speaks about the motivation behind RUSI’s latest research on understanding and evaluating the impact of the FATF framework on financial inclusion, and how the pandemic triggered a fresh urgency to understand the barriers to financial inclusion as governments around the world rushed to get disbursement and support payments to their populations. The risk-based approach allows for identification of low-risk scenarios and a proportionate application of due diligence controls, but in practice, there are several challenges to achieving the balance between robust financial crime controls with financial inclusion objectives.

The conversation continues on to the January 2020 AML regulations introduced in the UK and their impact on the high-value art world, the roller coaster of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and the similarities in risk characteristics with the early days of cryptocurrencies.

Watch this course until the end for Isabella’s choice of the top three areas that need immediate global attention in the fight against financial crime!

Expert Speak: Eden Dema, Fantasia Hamtsham Consultancy

Course Duration: 26 minutes
Course Points: 25

Eden Dema, Founder, Fantasia Hamtsham Consultancy and Former Deputy Governor, Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan talked about Balancing Financial Integrity and Financial Inclusion. She covered traditional barriers to financial inclusion and shared opportunities to improve financial inclusion.

This presentation was part of the AMLC-Fintelekt AML/CTF Summit Philippines 2020, conducted virtually from November 23rd – 27th, 2020.

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