The Asia Financial Institutions Forum 2019 is the inaugural edition of an annual gathering that will become the largest forum for the impact community and the financial sector in Asia.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - Wednesday, January 23, 2019


The Amari Watergate, Bangkok

AFIForum 2019 is connecting investors and investees in Asia’s financial markets.

More than 50 leading development finance institutions are a part of this forum. The event aims to foster dialogue between investors and financial sector to catalyze debt raising, equity investments and technical assistance programs. It is also a unique networking opportunity for members. Attendees can also expect to focus on solutions catering to the entire continent and zooms in on the most relevant markets.

Business Finance for the Poor in Bangladesh along with Nathan Associates will be presenting the development in Bangladesh financial inclusion chapter in two sessions.

Plenary Session: Financing MSMEs- A catalyst for impact

On Day 1 of the Forum, we will present why and how financing MSMEs can be a catalyst for impact. Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) are one of the main drivers of growth for countries worldwide. Getting access to finance and using it effectively remains a constraint for MSMEs to grow. In this session, some of the leading global investors in MSME financing will take a critical look at the state of the market and propose strategies for scaling up high-impact initiatives. Some highlights include:

  • Trends in MSME financing in the region

  • How to enable growth for enterprises throughout the region?

  • What players are instrumental in growing a burgeoning MSME market?

Plenary Session: Disruptive Innovations and Trends in Asia’s Financial Markets

On Day 2 of the Forum, we look at the disruptive innovations and trends in Asia’s Financial Markets. Beyond the benefits of innovations, the session discussions will be around what innovation in finance or technology promises for financial inclusion. Some answers of key questions to look out for are:

  • How to shake up and wake up new markets or market segments?

  • Innovation from within or will start-ups be at the forefront?

  • Can we align the efforts of stakeholders?

BFP-B STAFF attending

Mr. Feisal Hussain

Team Leader

Mr. Muhymin Chowdhury

Deputy Challenge Fund Manager and DFS expert, Challenge Fund

Ms. Tanzila Tajreen

Policy Coordinator and Advocacy Analyst, Policy and Advocacy