State Hosts Tech@State: Mobile Money & Financial Inclusion

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 30, 2010

The State Department will host Tech@State: Mobile Money & Financial Inclusion on Monday, August 2, 2010 at the George Marshall Conference Center at the State Department from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero is leading the State Department’s global policy on mobile money and will open the event. Other U.S. Government speakers include representatives from the U.S. Department of Treasury and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The half-day workshop will feature senior executives and experts from mobile money organizations around the globe, including ACCION International, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), Frog Design, Frontline SMS:Credit, mPay Connect, m-Via, Obopay, Banca de Oportunidades (Colombia), and Roshan (Afghanistan). Panelists will discuss increasing the scale of mobile money initiatives, select case studies, and the application of mobile money in foreign policy initiatives including food security, transparency and security, remittances, and more.

Speaker Bios can be found at //

This event is open to the press.

Pre-set time for cameras is 7:15 a.m. from the 21st Street entrance.

Final access times for writers and stills is 7:45 a.m. from the 21st Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

PRESS CONTACTS: Katherine Townsend

Background on Tech@State: State hosted the first Tech@State event in May 2010 with a focus on technical solutions brought to bear following the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010 in Haiti. The State Department’s Tech@State program comes out of Secretary Clinton’s call during her January 2010 address on Internet Freedom to use 21st connection technologies to “put tools in the hands of people who will use them to advance democracy and human rights, to fight climate change and epidemics, to build global support for President Obama’s goal of a world without nuclear weapons, to encourage sustainable economic development that lifts the people at the bottom up."


PRN: 2010/1026