A-G En­cour­ages AFI Del­e­gates

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Del­e­gates at the Al­liance for Fi­nan­cial In­clu­sion Global Pol­icy Fo­rum were en­cour­aged and com­mended for rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple from their coun­tries. This was high­lighted by the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in his ad­dress to the del­e­gates dur­ing the farewell din­ner at the Sher­a­ton Re­sort on Fri­day night at Denarau Is­land, Fiji.

“This is to en­sure that those mil­lions of peo­ple in re­spec­tive coun­tries who are not in­cluded in the fi­nan­cial main­stream were not for­got­ten,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said it was very vi­tal these peo­ple were not left be­hind. “These in­clude those women and those un­der­priv­i­leged peo­ple, those farm­ers, squat­ters, peo­ple liv­ing in the slumps, peo­ple work­ing and those peo­ple in the pe­riph­eries is the rea­son why we are here, and that is our main tar­get,” he said. “We all are here to make sure that we do not leave them be­hind, the whole idea is we bring them to the core and to the pe­riph­ery from the fold.” The At­tor­ney-Gen­eral said the fo­rum showed a won­der­ful dis­play of cul­ture and an ex­pres­sion in­deed of the Pa­cific Is­lan­der cul­tures by the mem­bers of the South Pa­cific fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion stake­hold­ers. “The Gov­er­nor of the Re­serve Bank of Fiji and his team dis­played a won­der­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion of the two day event”.

He also con­grat­u­lated Egypt, the next venue of the AFI global Pol­icy fo­rum. “I know Egypt is al­ready look­ing for­ward to host­ing the event for next year and we wish you all the best and I am sure most of you here tonight will turn up in Egypt.” The AFI Global Pol­icy Fo­rum is de­scribed as the world’s most im­por­tant fo­rum for fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion pol­icy mak­ers. About 500 del­e­gates from around the world at­tended the fo­rum hosted and or­gan­ised by the Re­serve Bank of Fiji.

Those women and those un­der­priv­i­leged peo­ple, those farm­ers, squat­ters, peo­ple liv­ing in the slumps, peo­ple work­ing , those peo­ple in the pe­riph­eries is the rea­son why we are here, and that is our main tar­get

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy

Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Al­liance For In­clu­sion Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Al­fred Han­nig, At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with Re­serve Bank of Fiji Gov­er­nor Barry White­side dur­ing the Gala Din­ner at the Sher­a­ton Fiji Re­sort on Denarau on Fri­day night.

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