Arab Savings & Financial Literacy Conference 2024

  • Date: November 27, 2024 – November 28, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (UTC+0)
  • Venue: Flora Park Hotel, Hammamet, Tunisia



The Arab Savings & Financial Literacy Conference is a regional professional platform that addresses financial literacy, financial education, financial inclusion, digital finance, and household savings across the Middle East & North African (MENA) countries. 

Held in a different Arab capital every year, the primary purpose for this event is to create a vital debate and an information-sharing forum on the significance of financial literacy and long-term savings for household financial resilience. It is also aimed at increasing awareness on the need-to-save and the knowledge around savings products offered by the financial industry.                                                                                  

The event has attracted key players from regulators, regional banks, insurance companies, investment management firms, wealth managers, financial planners, investment advisers, Fintech firms, and financial economists.

Agenda & Sessions​

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Welcome Coffee

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session One - Opening Remarks

Speakers from: Central Bank of Tunisia, Banking & Financial Council Tunisia, Financial Integration Centre Tunisia, Tunisian Federation for Insurance Companies

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Session Two - What Should National Financial Literacy Strategy and Curriculum Cover?

How do we start rolling out financial literacy programs at a country level? What is the right and effective framework, and who are the main stakeholders for financial literacy in any country according to successful experiences in pioneering countries? What available help, if any, can countries get? How do local financial institutions play their role in Financial Literacy and Inclusion?

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Coffee Break & Networking

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Session Three – Increased Digital Finance and its Implications for Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection

The digital financial landscape is constantly evolving and expanding with several types of financial apps and fintech services launched every month. What are the implications of these digital services for the financial literacy of consumers as well as for financial education policies and content. How developments in digital finance, including open finance, Robo Advisors, crypto-assets and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), are influencing financial literacy policy and the needs for digital financial literacy in the population, including among young people and adults. What are the most important aspects affecting financial consumers, and how do we enhance their protection in this era of nearly 100% digital financial services?

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Luncheon & Networking

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Session Four – Behaviourial Economics for a Powerful Personal Finance

Financial education and behavioural biases play an important role in shaping the way we make financial decisions. Developments in the financial sector, including the growing spread of digital financial service and the increasing use of digital tools to support financial decision-making, provide new opportunities for addressing behavioural biases but may also exacerbate some of them. How much does our knowledge of behavioural economics help us make better informed decisions in our personal finance space? What should we know in this domain, and how we can enhance public awareness on behaviourial finance?

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session Five – How Can Financial Literacy Boost Entrepreneurship

The working world has changed. A university education used to guarantee a long‐term job in a large company. Not anymore. Today, large companies are disappearing. Employment opportunities are short‐term. Most people in tomorrow’s working world will find employment filling niche gaps, providing goods and services. People who are unprepared for that reality will be unable to provide for themselves. They will need to think like entrepreneurs. What financial literacy elements and skills are needed to infuse and inspire entrepreneurship in today’s generation, especially the youths segment, and how entrepreneurship can be integrated as a core part of financial literacy?

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Session Six – Creating Your Own Personal Finance and Investment Portfolio

Building an investment portfolio is an advanced and significant part of a successful personal finance. Building a portfolio is sort of like building a house. You want a design that you will be happy with and that meets your family’s needs. You’ll need to use a wide variety of materials. And what counts isn’t just the quality of those materials but also how they work together. Personal finance is personal and must be taught with the lived experience in the forefront. When individuals are able to identify areas within their own life goals and interests, then they have a much greater buy-in to the learning process. How simple or complex is it to create an investment portfolio and build a robust personal finance?