Global Symposium on Microfinance: Revolutionizing Microfinance: Insight, Innovation, Inclusion
May 22-23, 2017Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The Global Symposium on Microfinance, with the theme “Revolutionizing Microfinance: Insight | Innovation | Inclusion” is an opportunity to bring together regulators, for policymakers, financial services providers, mobile network operators and community-based institutions to develop a shared vision of how to harness emerging innovations to meet the needs of the micro and small enterprises, and provide a broad range and affordable financial products and services.

It's also an opportunity to create a network of microfinance experts who can share their insights and experiences so they apply the very latest and most effective approaches in improving financial tools and systems for the most marginalized segments of businesses.     

The objectives of the Global Symposium are to:

-    Facilitate a broader understanding of emerging global trends in microfinance especially in the context of rapid use of technology to spur products and business model innovation.
-    Showcase technology-led and other innovations in microfinance business models, delivery channels, and risk management
-    Highlight successful client-centric approaches in providing superior financial services measured by level of access, usage and quality.
-    Understand risks and challenges in scaling technology based microfinance solutions and identify proportionate regulatory and supervisory approaches that enable responsible growth.
-    Serve as a platform for public-private collaboration in expanding financial inclusion by convening national policymakers and private sector industry leaders

Target Audience

The Global Symposium will convene up to 400 senior management level among the global policymakers responsible for microfinance sectors, related regulators and supervisors, top management of the financial institutions and MFIs, funders, NGOs, practitioners and academicians. 

Microfinance Training for Practitioners: “Breaking Through Beyond Traditions” (24 – 26 May 2017)

The Symposium will be followed by a three-day Microfinance Training for practitioners, customized for the mid-level officers of microfinance financial institutions. This training presents opportunities for participants to gain insights, exchange views and best practices, network and share experiences on emerging innovations and technology which are fast affecting the financial service providers and impacting how they operate. Topic coverage includes innovations in microfinance, alternative delivery channels and technology, design thinking, digital credit deployment, use of (big) data in microfinance and new paradigm in credit risk assessment and risk management.

  • Program Venue
    Sasana Kijang 2, Jalan Dato’ Onn 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +60 (3) 9179 2888 E-mail:
  • Accommodation and Hotel Facilities:
    There is a wide choice of hotels in Kuala Lumpur that can meet the needs of international visitors. For the convenience of international participants of the Symposium, the following hotels in Kuala Lumpur agreed to provide group rate for the participants on first come first served basis. Please contact the hotels directly for reservation.
  • Address: Jalan Sultan Ismail Kuala Lumpur 50250 Malaysia Tel: (60)(3) 2717 9900. The hotel will provide complementary daily drop-off and pick-up shuttle bus services to and from Sasana Kijang for hotel guests on May 22 and 23. Detailed Schedule will be provided by the hotel at check-in.
  • Address: Lanai Kijang 2, Jalan Berjasa 50480 Kuala Lumpur Tel: +60 (3) 2618 2828 Phone: +603 2618 2828, +603 2618 2600 Fax: +603 2618 2690 Email: Lanai Kijang is the residential and training complex located close to Sasana Kiang, Bank Negara Malaysia. Shuttle bus service will be provided to the participants from Lanai Kijang to Sasana Kijang. Participants of the event can enjoy many of the indoor and outdoor lounges and spaces provided by the facility for continuous learning, group interactions and networking. Due to limited availability of rooms in this facility, please contact the Lanai Kijang at your earliest convenience for booking. As the accommodations in Lanai Kijang are highly demanded, please send your reservation at your earliest convenience. The deadline for booking with Lanai Kijang is May 5, 2017.
  • Visa Requirements
    Most international travelers will need a valid visa to enter Malaysia. Please refer to the link below for visa requirements. Please be advised that that there is NO VISA-On-Arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Office Website: Immigration Department of Malaysia. Please let us know if you need an official visa invitation letter for your visa application by providing the relevant information in the online conference registration form.
  • Airport Transfer
    Participants can take the Airport Limo from the airport to the hotel. You may need to get a coupon for limo or taxi (at a fee of MYR 2) at the Airport Limo counters at Arrival Hall, Main Terminal or the Taxi counter after exiting the arrival area. The cost for the Airport Limo is approx. MYR 80.00 (USD24) per trip from airport to the city center.
  • The Kuala Lumpur International Airport Express (KLIA Express)
    Participants can also take the KLIA Express Train which runs from the terminal to the KL Sentral train station and the journey takes only 28 minutes. The train operates at 15-mins intervals during peak hours and 20-mins during off-peak. The cost for one-way fare is at RM55 (Adult) and RM25.00 (Child), and the return cost is RM100.00 (Adult) and RM45.00 (Child).
  • General Information:
  • Payment and currency
    The unit of currency in Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit indicated as RM. Participants are advised to change some currency into Ringgit upon arrival at the first port of entry in Malaysia. There are several licensed money changers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at both the arrival and departure halls and in and around hotels in Kuala Lumpur. Major credit cards like VISA and Mastercard are widely used throughout Malaysia. General banking hours are Mondays to Fridays from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. ATMS are also available at the arrivals hall of KLIA.
  • Electricity
    The standard voltage in Malaysia is 220 - 240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets.
  • Language
    The official language in Malaysia is the Malay Language. However, in addition to Malay, many Malaysians speak English and Mandarin. Signs around the country are in Malay and English.
  • Mobile Phones
    If you plan to make numerous calls and/or need to be reached at all times, you can use your international mobile phone as roaming is available in the country. Otherwise you can purchase prepaid SIM cards (Hotlink, Digi, Maxis, Celcom, U Mobile or Tunetalk) at any phone shop located at KLIA either prior to clearing immigration or at the public area of the KLIA arrival hall, or at shopping malls.
  • Medical Assistance
    For any medical consultations and/or in health emergency cases you can rely on the hotel to call a doctor or use the emergency medical contacts listed below.
  • • Gleneagles Hospital
    Tel: (+603) 4141 3000
  • • Kuala Lumpur Hospital
    Tel: (+603) 2615 5555
  • • Tawakal Hospital
    Tel: (+603) 4023 3599
  • Climate
    Tropical climate with warm weather and rain all year round. The average temperature in May in Kuala Lumpur is 30°C.