Event Date:
November 29, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Online Webinar

About This Event

Digital transactions are on the rise across ASEAN, marked by an increasing use of digital financial services and innovations such as peer-to-peer transfers, merchant and bill payments, microloans, and insurance services. In ASEAN, the digital payments sector alone is projected to be worth at least AUD2.05 trillion (USD1.57 trillion).

However, despite rapid growth, digital payments penetration in most countries in ASEAN remains under 40%. It is even lower among women, who remain largely underbanked and underserved, and deeply disadvantaged in terms of access, knowledge, and awareness of digital transactions. As women face lacking access to credit, lending, and saving facilities, more can and should be done to improve financial inclusion of women.

With the right policies, initiatives, frameworks, and standards, significant economic value can be unlocked for women and women-led MSMEs (WMSMEs) across different industries. This 90-minute session will explore existing trends, activities, and initiatives related to women and digital transactions, with a focus on expanding financial access for women and WMSMEs. It will draw on perspectives from experts and practitioners to gain on-the ground perspective on the issues and challenges faced by both public and private sector organisations.

This event is jointly organised and supported by Access Partnership and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) as part of the Australian Government funded ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards Initiative.


Moderator: Professor Annie Koh, Professor Emeritus of Finance (Practice), Singapore Management University

  • Caroline Rubin, Chief of Party, ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade, and E-Commerce (IGNITE)
  • Maria Perdomo, Regional Coordinator for Asia, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
  • Debbie Watkins, Chief Executive Officer of Lucy
  • Christina Maynes, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, Women’s World Banking

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