Regional Meeting for Europe and Central Asia

The Third Annual Regional Meeting for Europe and Central Asia was held 2-3 October in Skopje, Macedonia. The meeting was organized jointly by the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia and Child & Youth Finance International, and hosted by the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia.

The meeting brought together leading experts, practitioners and innovators from the region who are engaged in the issues of financial access, financial inclusion and financial education for children and youth. Meeting participants included senior representatives from Ministries of Education, Ministries of Finance, Central Banks, children's rights organizations, multilateral agencies, the media, and educational and financial institutions.

For detailed information on the meeting sessions and outcomes, the Meeting Report is available to view or download.

Program Schedule and Presentations

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Inaugural Dinner hosted by the NBRM, Holiday Inn Hotel

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Registration and Tea

Official Inauguration Opening
Opening remarks:

Mr. Dimitar Bogov, Governor, National Bank, Macedonia Speech
Mr. Ibrahim Ibrahimi, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Macedonia Speech
Mr. Tevfik Kinik, Executive Vice Chairman, Capital Market Boards of Turkey Speech
Ms. Jeroo Billimoria, Managing Director, Child and Youth Finance International Presentation
Youth representatives
Michel Barnier, Vice-President, European Commission – video message

Coffee Break
Financial capability: a must priority on financial regulators agendas, examples, and best practice

Elita Zulbeari Masha, CEO, Woodrow Wilson School, Macedonia
Ms. Susana Narciso, Head of Division of Banking Conduct Regulation, Banco do Portugal Presentation
Ms. Kristina Nikolovska, Adviser to the Governor, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia Presentation
Mr. Artur Turemka, MasterCard General Manager for the Balkan region, MasterCard Europe Presentation

Global Money Week
Coffee Break
Parallel Sessions
1.1 National Financial Education Strategies and Curriculum Integration

Ms. Ieva Upleja, Head of Working Group for Implementation of National Financial Literacy Strategy, FCMC Latvia Presentation
Ms. Nora Sabani, UNICEF, Macedonia Presentation
Mr. Sebastian Faryniarz, Acting Team Leader Microfinance and Financial Instruments, Program Framework and Finance for Private Sector Development in Tajikistan, GIZ Presentation
Mr. Mircea Muresan, Deputy Director, Communications Division, National Bank of Romania

1.2 Curriculum Integration or introducing financial, social, and livelihoods education in the national curricula

Ms. Louise Entwistle, Government and Public Sector
Market Development Europe, MasterCard
Ms. Ana-Maria Pochi, Account Manager Romania, MasterCard
Mr. Rohnny Swennen, Business Leader, Global Youth Product Development, MasterCard
Mr. Ron van den Akker, Innovations Manager, CYFI Presentation

Dinner hosted by MasterCard, Aleksandar Palace

Friday, 3 October 2014

Welcome and program presentation
Assessing the State of the Field in Youth Financial Capabilities: Process Evaluation and its Use for Policy

Ms. Sue Lewis, Personal Finance Education Group, UK Presentation
Ms. Sona Lalayan, Coordinator of financial education, Consumer Rights Protection and Financial Education Center Central Bank of Armenia Presentation
Ms. Kirsty Bowman-Vaughan, Young People Policy Manager, The Money Advice Service, UK Presentation

Coffee Break
Parallel Sessions
2.1 Youth entrepreneurship and employment

Ms. Isidora Sidorovska, Managing Director, The Management Support Institute
Mr. Lazar Nedanoski, Project manager, Macedonian Enterprise Development Foundation
Mr. Gligor Mihailovski, Manager, SEG Holding
Mr. Ron van den Akker, Innovations Manager, CYFI Presentation

2.2 Financial education programs and the role of the private sector

Ms. Mari-Liis Laaniste, Marketing Manager, Swedbank Estonia Presentation
Ms. Irina Sheikina, Head of PR, Home Credit Bank Kazakhstan Presentation
Mr. Ivan Novakovski, Business Manager, NOVA International Schools Presentation

2.3 Teacher Training and capacity building

Ms. Ivana Georgievska, Chief of Party-USAID/YES, Education Development Center
Ms. Sharan Jaswal, Education Director, MyBNK Presentation
Mr. Paul Moclair, Afla-Academy Project Leader, Aflatoun

Coffee break
Closing Remarks

Ms. Maja Kadievska, Vice-Governor, NBRM Speech
Mr. Daniele Scauso, manager Regional & National Platforms, Child and Youth Finance International
Youth representatives

Lunch and closing refreshments

Friday, 3 October 2014 - Closed Door Sessions

Closed door meeting on curriculum assessment tool and national implementation publication. Meeting facilitated by CYFI staff
National stakeholders meetings
Coffee break
Formation of sub-regional committee and national stakeholders meetings