Financial Inclusion Framework Strengthening (ADB-49386-001)

  • Philippines
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  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Aug 31, 2016
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  • Technical Cooperation
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 0.60 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 0.60 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jun 26, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Sep 5, 2016

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Project Description

The TA aims to identify, through consultations and a survey, sector-wide binding constraints to formulate effective assistance and support government efforts to expand financial inclusion by strengthening the policy and regulatory framework to promote financial services for the unserved and underserved population. The TA was first included in ADB’s country operations business plan, 2016–2018 for the Philippines1 . It is in line with the Country Partnership Strategy, 2011-2016, and the government’s Philippine Development Plan, 2011–2016, which identifies a “resilient and inclusive” financial system as the development goal of the financial sector.

The TA scope includes (i) assessing the financial inclusion framework to identify sector-wide challenges to effective assistance, (ii) promoting savings and credit through policy and regulatory improvement, (iii) developing diverse microinsurance products and services by improving the regulatory framework, and (iv) promoting digital finance by enhancing regulatory and supervisory capacity. The TA is also a follow-on project to the capacity development TA for microinsurance (footnote 7) and will cover a wider range of development initiatives for greater financial inclusion, especially among low-income households, to supplement social insurance initiatives. The TA will have four outputs.

Investment Description

Contact Information

Executing Agencies
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Rm. 301, 3rd Floor, 5-Storey Bldg.
A. Mabini cor. Vito Cruz Extension
Malate, Manila, Philippines

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