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Next in line for m-banking services: Papua New Guinea

This past October I participated in a 2-day Mobile Money Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Why Papua New Guinea? There is growing interest among telecom companies and banks there in mobile financial services. Although the meeting was attended by more than 50 people from around the Pacific, the majority of the participants were from companies doing business in Papua New Guinea.

New Blogger: Janine Firpo

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Mobile banking – everyone is talking about it, but how can we separate hype from reality? I've invited Janine Firpo, President of Sevak Solutions, to help us make sense of this potentially transformative technology. Janine was recently hired by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, to work with IFC’s regional advisory teams to accelerate the development and large-scale roll-out of mobile money solutions in East Asia and the Pacific.

Thorsten Beck returns...

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Former PSD blogger Thorsten Beck has returned, but this time he's bringing his insight on all things finance-related to the Crisis Talk blog. Now at Tilburg University, Beck spent eleven years at the World Bank and authored or coauthored a number of significant contributions on finance, perhaps most notably Making Finance Work for Africa.

Four million mobile phones can't be wrong

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If you've got some free time this afternoon, I highly recommend checking out an event being put on by CGAP on Mobile Banking for Poor People: Pioneer Perspectives. The discussion will take place between 2pm-5pm eastern standard time and will feature a star-studded panel, including Nick Hughes of Vodaphone and Brian Richardson of Wizzit.

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