A LOCAL woman on Wednesday received air tickets to travel to Italy for a three week training course on Microfinance.
She is Joyce Nukumuna, Manager for Branchless banking of the Bank South Pacific (BSP) who will be travelling soon to Turin, Italy to attend a three week training course on Microfinance there, under the United Nations Capital Development Fund, Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) sponsorship.
The training will be cconducted by the Boulder Academy with the drive to bring together participants from across the globe to interact with business experts and equipping them with practical tools for innovative financial inclusion.
Yesterday morning, Krishnan Narasimhan, Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme specialist handed over a scholarship letter with the air tickets to Mrs. Nukumuna at the BSP boardroom in Honiara.
“PFIP is very happy to support the submission of Joyce through this scholarship as part of our commitment to building capacities of our country partners and help them gain valuable global knowledge and experience in the area of financial inclusion,” Narasimhan said.
Meanwhile, BSP country manager, David Anderson thanked PFIP for the funding to Mrs. Nukumuna and points out that it was recognition of her work in promoting financial inclusion through her work with BSP.
Anderson added that BSP is committed to serve the unbanked and promote branchless bank in the country.
PFIP is a Pacific-wide programme helping low-income households gain access to quality and affordable financial services and financial education.
It is jointly managed by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and receives funding from the Australian Government, the European Union and the New Zealand Government.
PFIP aims to add one million Pacific Islanders to the formal financial sector by 2019 by spearheading policy and regulatory initiatives, facilitating access to appropriate financial services and delivery channels and by strengthening financial competencies and consumer empowerment.
By STEPHEN DIISANGO