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Financial inclusion is prompting shift in ‘the landscape of central banking’

Barry Whiteside points to financial inclusion units in central banks


Reserve Bank of Fiji governor Barry Whiteside believes there has been a shift "in the landscape of central banking" as more institutions have assumed "lead roles" in their countries' financial inclusion initiatives.

Whiteside, in his welcoming address at today's Pacific Islands Working Group meeting, noted that many central banks in attendance had "established specific departments or units… to drive financial inclusion-related matters".

"While many central banks have traditionally focused on

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