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Colloquium on Digital Finance in Africa’s Future

At the Colloquium opening are, from left to right, Mr Stephen Mwauri Nduati, Mr Nnamdi Oranye, Mr Trevor Manuel, Prof Peter Vale, and Prof Saurabh Sinha.

On 22-26 October 2018, JIAS and the Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria, in association with Disrupting Africa, hosted a ground-breaking Colloquium entitled ‘Digital Finance in Africa’s Future: Innovations and Implications’.

The Colloquium brought together African innovators in the field of digital finance as well as academics to discuss the latest developments in this rapidly expanding and increasingly important field. It was opened on Monday 22 October by Mr Trevor Manuel, former South African Minister of Finance.


Given its scope, a dedicated website has been created for the Colloquium. Among other things, it contains links to permanent webcasts of the opening as well as all the working sessions. To access the website, click here.

Colloquium Report

To download a preliminary Colloquium Report, click here.

Article by Nnamdi Oranye

Nnamdi Oranye, FinTech author and one of the prime movers behind the Colloquium, has written an article for CNBC Africa in which he comments on the outcome. The result of the idea, he writes, was ‘mind-blowing … In fact, the week far exceeded any of the expectations of those of us who were involved in setting it up.’ To access the article, click here.

Part of the audience at the opening of the Colloquium in the Arts Centre Theatre on the UJ campus.

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