Gates Foundation in Mauritius To Discuss Africa’s Unbanked Population

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be in Mauritius in May.


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be participating in the meeting of the African Advisory Group (AAG) of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift) on May 16, in Mauritius.

The aim of the endeavour will be to identify areas of collaboration to provide financial services to the unbanked population of Africa. The platform will be one where discussions of how to promote financial inclusion will be among the main themes.

“We are delighted that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will join us for the Africa Advisory Group and African Regional Conference this year”, said Sido Bestani, Head of Middle East, Turkey & Africa, SWIFT. “Financial inclusion is one of the most acute challenges facing this continent. With its population expected to double within the next 35 years, tackling financial exclusion is absolutely critical in helping Africa’s poorest.”

The representative of the foundation will be David Lubinski, the Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor program.

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