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The 2023 edition of the Child-In-Tech Conference which is focused on Financial Technology (Fintech) is set to hold on Friday January 13th , 2023 at the BlueCrest University College in Accra, Ghana.

The conference themed “Promoting Financial Technology for Economic Growth” will bring together under one roof, students between the ages of 11 and 17 from various schools across the Greater Accra Region, as well as experts from the fintech industry who will walk the students through the foundations and principles of financial technology.

The conference is sponsored by Taptap Send and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC). Taptap Send is an app that allows people to send money to family with just a few taps and a debit card whiles GIFEC seeks to engineer an ICT-led socio-economic development process with the potential to transform Ghana into a middle income, information-rich, knowledge based and technology driven economy.

Now more than ever, the adoption of digital payment systems has seen an unprecedented rise. People of all age groups and geographical locations are leaning towards the emerging digital payment systems for their day-to-day transactions. Research has indicated that children especially students at the Senior High School (SHS) level are amongst the most actively involved age group in this these digital transactions. Students constantly receive payments from their parents and guardians at home for their upkeep as well as academic expenses. Despite this fact, is it evident that most of these children unfortunately are yet to grasp in full, the nitty-gritty of financial technology, and since they have become key components of the remittance ecosystem, it is only prudent to sensitize them to ensure they fathom intimately the intricacies of financial technology as well as it’s relevance to economic growth. This amongst others, is what makes the Child-In-Tech Conference paramount.

The conference will consist of two sessions. The first session will have the invited expert-speakers making their presentations and subsequently answering questions from the audience, while the second session will be the break-out session, where students will be split into ten groups. Each group will be taken through one of ten selected topics under financial technology by our trained facilitators and after, each facilitator will then select one student from their group to explain on stage, the topic they learnt to students of the other groups.

The topics they will be taken through are: Introduction to Fintech;Types of Fintech;Impacts of Fintech;Career Opportunities in Fintech and Salary Range;Challenges of Fintech; Possible Solutions to Fintech Challenges; Fintech’s Contribution to Economic Growth;Key Marketable Skills for the Fintech Job Market; How to become a fintech expert and Fintech Scholarship Opportunities.

The children are the future, and therefore it is imperative to put in place the necessary mechanisms to inculcate in them the needed knowledge and understanding of these emerging digital payment systems so they make productive use of them.

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