The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications (GCT) and Financial Inclusion Forum Africa today reported that more than 500 visitors across the country attended the maiden 2020 Mobile Technology for Development Conference, the financial industry’s premier event. Over 62 percent of this year’s event held senior-level positions, including more than 126 CEOs & C-Suite. Approximately 38% of attendees were female and organizers are keen to improve on the speakers in the conference program at the 2021 edition of the MT4D.
“We have been able to put together a highly successful MT4D conference, across so many fronts,” said Dr. William Derban, Chairman FIF-Africa.
Sponsors of the maiden MT4D 2020 conference were CGAP, Mobile Money Ltd, SECO, Jumo Ghana, Huawei Ghana, ADB, G-Money, Vodafone Cash, Emergent Payments, Absa Ghana, Fidelity Bank, Zeepay, Stanbic Bank, AirtelTigo Money, Mitgapp, Hubtel, Palmpay, IT Consortium, Move *718#, Quick, Cloud One (Internet) and media partners Graphic Communications and Starr FM.
MT4D Conference: Cyber Security, Regulation, Gender Gap, Consumer Protection
Over the two days, the Mobile Technology for Development conference program delved into topics such as cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, addressing the gender gap, and finding meaningful ways to address consumer protection and pricing issues within the digital financial services ecosystem.
The keynote sessions featured trailblazers from established service providers, industry upstarts as well as government agencies and the development community.
Speakers and panellists represented organizations including Bank of Ghana, Ministry of Communications, National Pensions Regulatory Authority, National Identification Authority, National Insurance Commission, Ghana Stock Exchange, Data Protection Commission, CGAP (World Bank), RegTheory, ExpressPay, CUTS International, People’s Pension Trust, E-Crime Bureau, Ghana Technology University College and BIMA Ghana.
“On behalf of the MT4D organizers, I would like to thank all our attendees, sponsors and partners who came together to make the maiden 2020 edition of the Mobile Technology for Development conference one of the most successful technology conferences in recent times,” said Dr. Kenneth Ashigbey, CEO of GCT.
“Furthermore, we extend our gratitude to the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, under whose auspices the event was held as well as the Bank of Ghana, Ministers of Communications and our key partners for their ongoing support,” Ken said.
Mobile Technology for Development conference 2021 will be held 16-17 March 2021 in Accra. www.mt4d.org
About the Chamber
The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunication is an industry association and a private initiative by the mobile network operators in Ghana. We are an advocacy institution established to help direct telecommunications policy, legislation and regulation, and pursue research towards the development of telecommunications.
As the voice of the mobile operators and tower companies in Ghana, we work through direct engagements with government (institutions), civil society, key stakeholders and consumers to shape the mobile and technology ecosystem and maximize the socio-economic benefits of mobile in Ghana.
About the FIFA
The Financial Inclusion Forum, Africa, is an African-based non-profit organization contributing to global and national efforts at widening access and deepening usage of financial services for people at the bottom of the social and economic pyramid. The Forum serves as a platform that brings together people who are passionate about financial inclusion in Africa to share ideas and be the driving force behind financial inclusion efforts in Africa. Our membership is made up of people who work in finance (banks, insurance, pensions), fintechs, mobile operators, regulators, civil servants, students, NGOs – anyone who has a passion for development and finance.
Drawing on the expertise of our membership, we organize events that help shape policies, contribute to knowledge and develop and support solutions that promote the use of technology in driving financial inclusion. The Forum was founded in 2016 and has held regular events since then.