The Microcredit Summit Campaign announced on July 24th that President Enrique Peña Nieto is expected to join the delegates of the 17th Microcredit Summit on September 3, 2014, in Merida, Mexico. He will join Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus and innovative leaders from around the world like those from BRAC in Bangladesh and Child and Youth Finance International in the Netherlands in a dialogue about the "next generation” of microfinance.
Upon his election, President Peña Nieto committed to help bolster the economic growth, employment, and productivity of Mexico with the "Pacto por México." This pact promises to strengthen development banking to extend credit to small and medium-sized enterprises and to strengthen the innovation, patenting, and infrastructure of development banking. The pact also commits to change the legal framework of commercial banks and credit institutions to provide more financial services and reduce the cost. This is an important principle in the framework required for achieving full financial inclusion by 2020 and ending extreme poverty by 2030.
The agenda of the 17th Microcredit Summit is inspired by these goals and guided by the theme "Generation Next: Innovations in Microfinance." The program will feature the next generation of microfinance innovations in workshops like "Bringing e-payments solutions to microentrepreneurs" organized by MasterCard Corporation, "Financial Services and Aging" organized by the Center for Financial Inclusion, and "Microfinance and Microfranchising" organized by the Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN).