HANOI, March 22 (Xinhua) -- As many as 450 financial leaders from over 30 nations gathered in Vietnam's capital Hanoi from Tuesday to Wednesday to join the Asia-Pacific Financial Inclusion Summit 2017 hosted by the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV).
Themed "Advancing Financial Inclusion in a Digital Age," the two-day event was aimed at finding policies to help drive financial inclusion for low-income and vulnerable populations in the Asia-Pacific region, reported local Nhan Dan (People's) newspaper on Wednesday.
Despite great progress made over the past decades in financial inclusion, some 2 billion adults remained unbanked worldwide with more than half of them found in the Asia-Pacific region, SBV's deputy governor Nguyen Thi Hong told the summit.
In Vietnam, more than 60 million people are living in the countryside, accounting for 53 percent of the country's labor force. This is the focus group of supporting policies, especially through financial inclusion initiatives besides women, small-and-medium-sized enterprises and micro-sale businesses, Hong said.