Save the date: Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development 2017 (GFRID2017)

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs are pleased to announce the upcoming GLOBAL FORUM ON REMITTANCES, INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT 2017 (GFRID2017) to take place in New York on 15-16 June 2017.

The GFRID2017 will focus on the contribution that family remittances, in partnership with the private sector stakeholders, can make toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. An overview of the opportunities offered by the global remittance marketplace will also be presented.

This event is the fifth in a series of Global Forums organized by IFAD and previously held in Milan (2015), Bangkok (2013), Tunis (2009) and Washington (2007). It is designed to explore how innovation and competition will likely impact the remittance industry going forward, and the prospects for diaspora and impact investment.

Each day will be devoted to the discussion of key issues from the following areas:

15 June: PRIVATE SECTOR DAY at the InterContinental New York Barclay.

This day will be dedicated to a cross-sector exchange. It will bring together financial industry representatives and technology entrepreneurs with government policymakers and regulators, with the aim to share new innovative instruments, promote synergies and partnerships, and discuss challenges and opportunities in the remittance market.

The Remittance Marketplace will run parallel to the Forum on 15 June to allow private-sector entities, international organizations and other major stakeholders to exhibit their products and services, while sharing best practices and lessons learned.

16 June: PUBLIC SECTOR DAY and celebration of the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILY REMITTANCES, hosted at the United Nations Headquarters.

In addition to the celebration, this day will also be dedicated to translating market realities and development priorities into potential joint, cross-sector opportunities. While addressing governmental and development agencies’ perspectives, the sessions will aim to create a common ground for both the private sector and civil society, and identify opportunities to maximize the social and economic impact of migration and development through remittances and investment.

Over 300 participants from public and private sectors and the civil society are expected to attend both days.

Participation in the GFRID2017 will be by invitation only. If you have never attended past Forums and are interested in joining, please contact us at

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