The Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Milton A. Weeks, has assured the public of the bank’s continuous financial inclusion for sustainable development.Mr. Weeks, according to a CBL release, gave the assurance in Nadi, Fiji, while participating in the 8th Global Policy Forum (GPF) of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). The forum is hosted under the theme, “Building the Pillars of Sustainable Inclusion.” This year’s GPF highlights the global efforts in promoting financial inclusion as a cardinal pillar of inclusive economic growth and development. The forum recognized the importance of financial inclusion as a key tool for sustainable development as enshrined in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development. Of the 17 goals, seven give specific recognition to financial inclusion as a powerful enabler of development progress. The 2016 GPF, the release said, was attended by over 540 delegates from 82 countries, including central bank governors and policymakers, international multilateral institutions, and the private sector. The ceremony was opened by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Rear Admiral (Retired) Josala Voreqe Bainimarama, and attended by senior officials of the Fijian Government, who reported on the full commitment of the Fijian government’s support to financial inclusion.On the sidelines of the GPF on Thursday, September 8, the Governor Weeks met with Alfred Hannig, the Executive Director of Alliance for Financial Inclusion, during which Governor Weeks highlighted financial inclusion as one of the key pillars of the new Strategic Plan of the CBL and assured AFI of the strong commitment of the CBL to the objective and goal of AFI. Mr. Hannig praised the active role that the CBL continues to play in AFI since it became a member of the Alliance in 2010. Both leaders therefore agreed to strengthen the partnership between the CBL and AFI, which will enable the CBL to benefit from the immense resources of AFI, including capacity building, knowledge-sharing and funding support for the financial inclusion program of the CBL. Meanwhile, Governor Weeks has assured Mr. Hannig of the continuous active role of the CBL in AFI and expressed the bank’s interest in taking membership in the Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Working Group (SMEFWG) of AFI.“While Liberia has made significant strides in promoting financial inclusion, there is need for further actions to build on the progress made so far at the national level. The Agenda for Transformation (AfT), the strategy for taking Liberia to a middle-income level economy by 2030,clearly articulates Financial Inclusion as one of the key policy goals,” Governor Weeks noted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Arsene Wenger got the better of managerial rival Jose Mourinho for the first time in a competitive game as Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday to keep alive its Champions League qualification hopes.Granit Xhaka and former United player Danny Welbeck scored goals in a four-minute span early in the second half to end United’s 25-match unbeaten in the league dating to October.This was the 16th competitive head to head between Wenger and Mourinho — and the 13th in league play — since 2004. It has been a one-sided rivalry but Wenger finally got a victory over the man who once dubbed him a “specialist in failure,” for a result that might end United’s chances of a top-four finish and leaves Arsenal with some hope.Arsenal is seven points behind third-placed Liverpool with two games in hand, and six behind fourth-placed Manchester City with one game in hand. Wenger’s team has four matches remaining to earn a 20th straight season in the Champions League.A disappointing game burst into life in the 54th when Xhaka, afforded plenty of space following a throw-in, advanced and sent in a 30-meter (yard) shot that struck the back of Ander Herrera and looped over goalkeeper David de Gea.Welbeck, who was sold to Arsenal in 2014 to end a 13-year association with United, has now scored in each of his last three appearances against his old club after powering a header in off the bar in the 57th from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross.advertisementMourinho made eight changes to his starting team from the 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday. The second leg is at Old Trafford on Thursday and Mourinho has suggested the European competition, which offers a place in the Champions League for the winner, is his priority for the remainder of the season.It meant the 19-year-old Axel Tuanzebe was handed his Premier League debut, at right back up against Alexis Sanchez, and he performed excellently. Scott McTominay, a 20-year-old midfielder, came on as a second-half substitute for his first-team debut while Paul Pogba — the world’s most expensive player — didn’t even come off the bench.Arsenal will climb above United into fifth place with a win at Southampton on Wednesday.
Mumbai: Former India captain Rahul Dravid would depose before BCCI Ethics Officer D K Jain on Thursday to explain the conflict of interest allegations against him. Dravid is currently the Director of National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, besides being a vice-president in the India Cements group, which owns the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. The 46-year-old former batting mainstay was the head coach of the India A and Under-19 teams before being handed the NCA role, which includes monitoring the progress of these two sides as well. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju The complaint against Dravid, by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta, alleging that there is conflict in interest in Dravid’s role as NCA head and being an India Cements employee. Dravid has already given a reply and defended himself saying he has taken leave of absence from employers India Cements and he has nothing to do with the Chennai Super Kings. Similarly, BCCI employee Mayank Parikh has been asked to depose before the Ethics Officer on Thursday. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Parikh, who too faces of conflict of interest allegations. A part of the operations team in the BCCI, Parikh is also associated with multiple clubs, with voting rights, in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). Dravid’s hearing will be in the morning, followed by Parikh’s. As per the BCCI constitution, no individual can hold more than one post at the same time. The BCCI Ethics Officer would give his judgement based on the hearing on Thursday.