UNCDF and VisionFund present: What’s next for Microfinance in Myanmar?


Economically isolated for decades, Myanmar has only recently opened up to the global community. With this came a lot of discussion about this South East Asian country being the ‘last frontier’ of financial inclusion. Microfinance legislation was passed in late 2011, but what has happened since? And what does the future look like?

As part of Financial Inclusion Week 2017, join speakers from the UNCDF and VisionFund Myanmar to discuss what’s next for microfinance in Myanmar, addressing key questions such as:

  • What are some of the current challenges and opportunities in Myanmar for microfinance institutions and their role in advancing financial inclusion?
  • What role does regulation play in promoting or hindering financial inclusion in the country?
  • What types of partnerships need to be formed in order to meet the significant demand for microfinance?
  • What sort of innovation should take place to fulfil the specific needs of the population?

VisionFund Myanmar is one of the largest microfinance providers in country, serving over 160,000 clients and growing rapidly. The UNCDF has been present in Myanmar since 2012, creating opportunities for the provision of inclusive financial services for individuals and micro and small businesses.

Paul Luchtenburg is the Myanmar Country Coordinator for UNCDF.

Rommel Caringal is the CEO of VisionFund Myanmar.

Location: Virtual

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017