15 November 2018, Geneva, Switzerland – UNITAR and The Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen capacity building and technical support for Financial Inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa during their bilateral meeting held at the AGFUND Headquarters in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on November 13, 2018.
The meeting was attended by the Executive Director of AGFUND Mr. Nasser B. Al-Kahtani and Mr Alexander Mejia, Director of the Division for People and Social Inclusion, and Director-ad-Interim of the Division for Prosperity of UNITAR.
Their discussions focused mainly on scaling-up support to the financially excluded members of society and to offer them solutions to help and empower themselves to contribute positively in the financial systems. It is widely recognized that Financial Inclusion is positioned prominently as an enabler to achieve the developmental goals of the Agenda 2030 by eliminating poverty, creating jobs, improving gender equality and good health.
UNITAR's role as the principal training arm of the United Nations System, whose core function includes, providing high-quality learning solutions to address the capacity development needs of individuals, organizations and institutions, compliments AGFUND’s focus to support education, financial inclusion, women empowerment, early childhood development, and engaging the civil society.
“We are proud to feel we are part of the United Nations. Wherever the UN is working, we are there as well. One thing we learned from our experience is that we need the UN partnership, its legitimacy and mandate, and the road-map that the SDGs provide. We need to continue to work together if we want to achieve the Agenda 2030” says Mr. Nasser B. Al-Kahtani his discussion with Mr Alexander Mejia.
The Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) is a regional organization based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. AGFUND was established in 1980 upon the initiative of His Royal Highness, Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud with the support of leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Qatar, Sultanate of Oman and the State of Kuwait. AGFUND works mainly in the field of development and growth at the international level through an effective partnership with the United Nations Organization, with regional and national development organizations, with public institutions, with the private sector, as well as with organizations of the civil society. For more information about AGFUND, please see: www.agfund.org
Photo 1: Executive Director of AGFUND Mr. Nasser B. Al-Kahtani (left) and Mr Alexander Mejia (right), Director of the Division for People and Social Inclusion, and Director-ad-Interim of the Division for Prosperity of UNITAR at the AGFUND Headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Photo 2: Meeting in Riyadh between Mr. Nasser B. Al-Kahtani (right) and Mr Alexander Mejia (left) to discuss strengthening of Financial Inclusion in Africa.