Welcome address

  • Christoph PAUSCH, e-MFP

Christoph PAUSCH, e-MFP Executive Secretary, opened European Microfinance Week (EMW) 2016 by welcoming the 470 registered participants from 58 countries at the Abbaye de Neumünster in Luxembourg. He also highlighted the record number of people that had attended the previous Action Group Day.

Pausch thanked the speakers, moderators, sponsors and funders which made EMW 2016 possible. He expressed delight in seeing so many familiar faces at this special edition which also celebrated e-MFP's anniversary - ten years of inclusive finance innovation. He thanked all e-MFP's members, friends and partners for their support in the past decade. Pausch invited the present and former Chairmen and Chairwomen - Anne Contreras, Marc Bichler, Cécile Lapenu and Axel de Ville to cut an anniversary cake.  To mark the occasion an anniversary video was screened and a special 10 year edition newsletter was also distributed, both celebrating e-MFP's achievements so far, and looking forward to the future.