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From: Esther Jang
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:57 AM
Subject: Re: [change] Change Seminar 11/28 (Note Room Change!): Pwint Htun-
"Myanmar's Digital Financial Services industry: Vision for 2020"
Reminder: this is in 1 hour in the Harris Hydraulics
On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 12:11 PM, Esther Jang
Please join us for the Change Seminar this week on Tuesday 11/28/2017 in the
large conference room of Harris Hydraulics from 12-1 pm. Note the room change
for this week!!
Who: Pwint Htun
What: Myanmar's Digital Financial Services industry: Vision for 2020
When: Tuesday Nov 28
Where: 12pm in Harris Hydraulics
A University of Washington alumnus, Pwint Htun, has been the hidden figure
behind the Digital Financial Services industry for her homeland of Myanmar
since mid-2012. As ICTD and DFS industry advisor to the Government of Myanmar,
Pwint continues to play a crucial role in building up digital financial
services industry as Myanmar has transformed from the third least connected in
the world. Today, 90% of the population of Myanmar has affordable 3G coverage
with the majority of Myanmar citizens on smartphones. In 2017, Pwint Htun
co-authored "Mobilizing Myanmar" for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Report is downloadable at goo.gl/xEDYF8<http://goo.gl/xEDYF8>
Myanmar has one of the poorest banking infrastructures in Southeast Asia. The
banking sector and ATM network cannot reach rural areas. Today, there are more
active SIMs than the number of people in Myanmar. People in rural areas have
smartphones charged with solar panels.
With backing from the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the digital financial
services industry is poised to be transformative for the people of Burma by end
of 2020. The people of Burma have leapfrogged from $1500 SIM cards for the
elite few to pervasive smartphones and mobile financial services intended for
rural and urban poor and women.
Economist magazine from October 12
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