The Pak Banker

Baqir to mod­er­ate di­a­logue on SBP's bank­ing

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KARACHI: The State Bank of Pak­istan (SBP) has de­vel­oped a draft pol­icy ti­tled 'Bank­ing on Eq­uity', which aims to in­tro­duce a gen­der lens within the fi­nan­cial sec­tor through tar­geted mea­sures to bring a shift to women friendly busi­ness prac­tices and to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease women's fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion in Pak­istan.

This pol­icy is cur­rently in a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion phase and is ex­pected to be launched shortly, said a news re­lease. SBP has held sev­eral Fo­cus Group Dis­cus­sions led by Gov­er­nor SBP, Dr Reza Baqir and Deputy Gov­er­nor Sima Kamil with key stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing govern­ment, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, reg­u­la­tory bod­ies, academia, busi­ness fed­er­a­tions, gen­der pol­icy ex­perts, civil so­ci­ety and women en­trepreneur­s.

As part of this ef­fort, the World Bank is host­ing a We­bi­nar-"Con­sul­ta­tive Di­a­logue on the State Bank of Pak­istan's Gen­der Fi­nan­cial In­clu­sion Pol­icy-Bank­ing on Equal­ity" on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 23, at 5pm Pak­istan time. The We­bi­nar will draw on global ex­pe­ri­ences of gen­der re­spon­sive poli­cies to in­form how these may work ef­fec­tively in the con­text of a de­vel­op­ing coun­try like Pak­istan.

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