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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"
To: <<>>, 

Reminder: this is in 1 hour in the Harris Hydraulics 

On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 12:11 PM, Esther Jang 
<<>> wrote:
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<>

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.

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