IAMTN Africa Summit 2020

22-23 April 2020

Radisson Blu Waterfront, Cape Town

Connecting Africa’s innovators, disruptors and stakeholders to explore the challenges and opportunities in today’s remittance industry.

About the IAMTN Africa Summit

In recent years, Cape Town has emerged as a significant financial services centre in Africa. Five major South African banks (First National Bank, ABSA, Standard Bank, Nedbank and Capitec) now have offices in the city and a number of renowned investment and financial advisors, such as PwC and Investec, are based there. It’s also one of the four African cities – along with Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lagos – that Findexable recently listed in the top 100 cities worldwide for fintech businesses.

As in 2019, the International Association of Money Transfer Networks (IAMTN) is again inviting payment professionals from all over the world to join its members for the major event in the cross border payments industry – the IAMTN Africa Summit. This year, our Africa Summit will be held on 22 and 23 April 2020 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa. The event is organised by IAMTN in cooperation with MFS Africa.

The Africa Summit will welcome many of the country’s financial services and fintech innovators, as well as participants from across Africa and indeed the wider world. The packed two-day agenda will look at the latest developments in payments and wallets in South Africa and the cross-border regional platforms that are currently transforming the wider African payments landscape. We will also drill down into the many cashless initiatives across the region, the latest regulatory updates and the benefits that innovation and fintech collaboration brings to the table.

One hot topic at the Africa Summit will be the continued growth and impact of mobile money, which is revolutionising the remittance experience. Disruptive fintech innovations, such as Safaricom’s M-PESA and other mobile money systems, are helping to boost financial inclusion. Some remittance recipients, for example, may opt to take the cash out from their mobile wallets when they receive the funds, but they also have the ability to stay cashless and use digital money in their transactions. Digital remittances are undoubtedly a big step towards democratising financial services.

600

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unique mobile subscribers by 2025

400

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registered mobile money accounts in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018

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mobile money agents active in sub-Saharan Africa

Why attend?

What to expect

As Africa’s most recognised event in the cross-border payments space, the IAMTN Global Summit attracts leaders, influencers and decision-makers from every corner of the industry. They attend to seize new business opportunities, build new partnerships whilst strengthening existing ones, and discover the latest innovations.

The IAMTN Africa Summit 2020 will bring together central bankers, regulators and other industry experts to deliberate and share experiences on different aspects of the broader payments systems framework and transaction space. Whilst the diversity in the region is an opportunity, it has also led to different levels of technical and economic sophistication, and financial inclusion is a real dilemma for the many unbanked and underbanked in Africa. What are the new building blocks for integration? How can the SADC jurisdictions align governance and legislation and what steps are needed to bridge this gap?

A top-level audience

The diverse audience will be comprised of c-level executives, directors, policymakers and regulators from all across the world’s increasingly complex remittance ecosystem. At the 2019 Summit, there were representatives from each corner of the world, from Belgium to Zimbabwe, China to the USA. This provided the discussions with a real depth of perspectives and experiences.

Original content

Original content that tackles the hottest topics shaping the future of the African cross-border payments industry.

Meet entrepreneurs

A unique level of access to the most promising start-ups, entrepreneurs and innovators in the space.

Trends watch

The latest thinking on mobile payments, AI and machine learning, big data, blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Visit Cape Town

Get an opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Speakers

Some of the world's leading experts in cross-border payments and digital finance will be speaking at the summit. We'll update the list of speakers as they are confirmed leading up to the event.

Ade Ayeyemi

Group Chief Executive Officer at Ecobank

Jeremy Leach

Founder and CEO at Inclusivity Solutions

Stone Atwine

Founder and CEO at Eversend

Andy Jury

Group Chief Executive Officer at Mukuru

Antonia Esser

Senior Associate at Cenfri

Albert Maasland

Chief Executive Officer at Crown Agents Bank

Navin Gupta

MD, South Asia & MENA at Ripple

Dare Okoudjou

Founder & CEO at MFS Africa

Settor Amediku

Director and the Head of Payment Systems Department at Bank of Ghana

Eliamringi Leonard Mandari

at UNCDF

Agenda

Whether you want to understand the potential of new technologies like blockchain and bitcoin, get a better sense of the latest regulatory developments, or find out more about how mobile money is boosting financial inclusion, then IAMTN’s Summit is the place to be.

The agenda for this year's event promises to be packed with insights:

DIGITISATION OF PAYMENTS

Fintech startups are driving disruption in the African banking and payments landscape, creating new challenges but also exciting opportunities to collaborate and grow.

THE RISE OF MOBILE MONEY

Mobile penetration is growing exponentially, especially in the developing world, and mobile money has risen sharply in tandem, boosting financial inclusion and job prospects for ambitious agents.

FINANCIAL INNOVATION

Digital currencies and the underlying blockchain technology are inexorably moving towards the mainstream. Western fintechs and entrepreneurs are now supporting the spread of this new technology across Africa, heralding a new dawn for payments.

Venue

Cape Town has emerged as a significant financial services hub in South Africa. Five major South African banks (First National Bank, ABSA, Standard Bank, Nedbank and Capitec) have offices in the city and a number of renowned investment and financial advisors, such as PwC and Investec, are also based there. It’s also one of the four African cities – along with Johannesburg, Nairobi and Lagos – that Findexable recently listed in the top 100 cities worldwide for fintech businesses (Global Fintech Index City Rankings 2020). The Summit will take place at Cape Town’s stunning Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. In addition to a packed agenda of high-level sessions, delegates will be able to take in unrivalled views of the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying the hotel’s Tobago’s Bar & Terrace and Amani Spa. The hotel is close to the city centre, as well as many of Cape Town’s cultural gems. Nearby attractions include the famous Table Mountain and Robben Island, which is home to one of Africa’s most visited museums.

Venue Details

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
100 Beach Road
Granger Bay Blvd
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa

+27 21 441 3000

Five things to do in Cape Town

Some suggestions for those of you who are able to take a day or so either side of the Summit to explore Cape Town and the surrounding area.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

A cable car transportation system offering visitors a fiveminute ride to the top of Table Mountain. It’s one of Cape Town’s most popular tourist attractions with approximately one million people a year using the Cableway.

Wine tasting in Constantia

Taste the famous wines of the Constantia Valley on one of the tours that provide round-trip transportation from Cape Town.

West Coast National Park

Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha, a scenic hour and a half from Cape Town along the West Coast road, you will find the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, which is the focal point of the West Coast National Park.

Robben Island Museum

Tours depart three times a day from the V&A Waterfront and take about 3 hours, consisting of a ferry trip to and from the island and a tour of the historical sites on the island, including the island graveyard, military bunkers and Nelson Mandela’s cell.

The beaches

Cape Town’s stunning rugged coastline is studded with great beaches, but they can get very busy. The pick of the bunch are Queen’s beach, Glen beach and Beta beach.

Sponsors and Associations

MFS Africa MFS Africa is a leading pan-African fintech company, operating the largest digital payments hub on the continent. Connected to over 180 million mobile wallets in Sub-Saharan Africa, MFS Africa offers its partners unparalleled reach for scale across the continent. We allow merchants, banks, mobile operators and money transfer companies to leverage the ubiquity of mobile wallets as a safe, convenient, and cost-effective transaction channel. MFS Africa works in close partnership with players across the ecosystem to bring simple and secure mobile financial services to un- and under-banked customers. For millions of customers in Africa and beyond, we make borders matter less. Find out more at www.mfsafrica.com.
UNCDF UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers ‘last mile’ finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and localized investments—fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance and structured project finance—that drive the public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to Sustain-able Development Goal (SDG) 1 on the eradication of poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments in which innovative finance models can have a transformational impact in reaching the last mile while addressing exclusion and access inequalities, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.
African Institute of Remittances The African Institute of Remittances develops the capacity of Member States of the African Union, remittance senders and recipients and other stakeholders to implement concrete strategies and operational instruments to use remittances as development tools for poverty reduction.
International Association of Money Transfer Networks The International Association of Money Transfer Networks (IAMTN) is a non-profit membership organisation, and the only global trade association that represents the cross-border payments industry. Our membership base represents the entire spectrum of the modern international payments network, including banks, payment institutions, electronic money transfer organisations and mobile operators.

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IAMTN AFRICA SUMMIT 2020

22-23 April 2020
Cape Town, South Africa
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