26 April 2016

First paper in PSDI’s Knowledge Series released

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A new PSDI publication examines the use, challenges and potential of mobile phone-based banking services in the Pacific region.

Digital Financial Services in the Pacific: Experiences and Regulatory Issues identifies mobile banking and the use of technology as a particularly effective way to enhance access to financial services in a region beset by challenging geography and poor infrastructure. The uptake of mobile banking has been held back, however, by issues such as a lack of consumer confidence in the technology and uncertain regulatory frameworks. This report suggests a framework for regulating digital financial services that will enhance their scope in the region.

The report was produced in collaboration with the Digital Financial Services Research Team at the University of New South Wales. It is the first of PSDI’s Knowledge Series, which will offer insight and analysis to inform discussion around private sector-oriented reforms in the Pacific region.

17 April 2016

New PSDI country factsheets released

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PSDI’s country factsheets have been updated to feature all significant achievements and initiatives to date.

The nine factsheets build on the information presented in our 2014-2015 Annual Progress Report with recent activities and historical perspective to provide a comprehensive overview of our work in each of ADB’s Pacific developing member countries.

Click here to download all nine factsheets or select individual factsheets below.

7 April 2016

PSDI policy brief: state-owned enterprise reform

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PSDI has released its first ‘policy brief’.

PSDI policy briefs articulate the context and rationale underpinning the support PSDI provides through each of its five core work areas.

This first policy brief examines the guiding principles of PSDI’s state-owned enterprise reform work.

Policy briefs on PSDI’s other four work areas will be produced throughout 2016.

The state-owned enterprise reform policy brief can be downloaded HERE.