Stakeholders in the banking industry in West Africa will gather in Accra, Ghana, from November 15 to 16, 2022, to discuss ways to deepen financial inclusion in the region through technology. The facilitator of this discussion themed Accelerating Financial Inclusion Through Digital Adoption is the International Centre for Strategic Alliances (ICSA), organisers of Connected Banking 2022 (formerly Africa’s Digital Banking Summit).

Key issues to be debated at the sixth edition of the programme include Crafting a Cashless/Cash-lite Economy; Digital Wallets and Digital Lending; Security – An all-pervasive model; The Digital Only Model – Trends and Challenges; Synergies Between traditional FIs and Telecoms.

Some of the speakers are Dr Maxwell Opoku-Afari from Bank of Ghana; Abena Osei-Poku from Absa Bank; Victor Yaw Asante from FBN Bank Ghana; Ndungu Thairu from Consolidated Bank of Ghana; Adesola Adeduntan from First Bank of Nigeria and many more.

Connected Banking historically has been bringing together the best minds from leading institutions to engage in an open, constructive dialogue with peers, industry subject matter experts and policy czars, and this year promises to be even better and bigger.

Connected Banking will offer the latest and actionable insights, networking opportunities, a chance to learn from the best in the business and get ahead of the competition.

The event is coming at a time when the West African financial sector has been witnessing a wave of digital innovation that has fuelled services and applications that have the potential to really shake up the banking sector.

Banks, Fintechs, and financial institutions have been harnessing digital solutions designed to serve touchless and remote banking. This has unlocked opportunities for the millions of digitally connected diaspora that remain formally unbanked but economically active.

Central banks in the region have been implementing policies to meet the next-gen requirements of the evolved banking customer by analysing the challenges and successes of regions that have championed financial inclusion.

The sector has also adopted automated banking systems, advanced mobile money platforms, tailored credit and digitized lending facilities, and crypto-currencies for this promising market.