Youth to Talk Money with Policy Makers

Child and Youth Finance International’s 3rd Annual Regional Meeting for Europe and Central Asia (ECA) will bring together policy makers, financial service providers and children and youth from the region to discuss innovative ways to responsibly and sustainably include the young generation in their national economies.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Child and Youth Finance International's (CYFI) 3rd Annual Regional Meeting for Europe and Central Asia (ECA) will be hosted by the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia in Skopje, Macedonia from October 2-3, 2014. Regional leading policy-makers, financial institutions, experts, practitioners and innovators who are engaged in the issues of children and youth’s financial inclusion, financial education, employability and entrepreneurship opportunities will attend to share success stories and challenges. The objective of the meeting is to strengthen and align financial inclusion, economic citizenship education and entrepreneurship initiatives for youth in the region.

Senior representatives from Ministries of Education, Ministries of Finance, Central Banks, children's rights organizations, multilateral agencies, and educational and financial institutions are confirmed to attend.

65 children and youth from across Europe and Central Asia will present to the policy-makers their action points for creating appropriate and sustainable youth economic opportunities. By ensuring youth are included as active participants in the decision-making process we believe that the policies shaped will be more youth-focused and inclusive, and the youth themselves will be more inclined to agree with the policies as they helped create them.

CYFI and the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia are honored to announce the following confirmed speakers:

Mr. Dimitar Bogov, Governor, National Bank, Macedonia
Mr. Zoran Stavreski, Minister of Finance, Macedonia
Mr. Dime Spasov, Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Macedonia
Mr. Vahdettin Ertas, Chairman, Capital Market Boards of Turkey
Ms. Eija Hietavuo, UNICEF
Ms. Susana Narciso, Banco do Portugal
Mr. Michal Skowronek , MasterCard

Links and Information

The full Meeting Agenda can be found here

Press Releases for the meeting will go out:
Wednesday, September 25 – Pre-meeting
Monday, October 6 – Meeting Outcomes

Social Media

Relevant Social Media Accounts:
@ChildFinance | @ChildfinanceCIS | @CYFIYouth

ECA Regional Meeting Hashtags:
#CYFIMacedonia |#CYFIYouth

Other related Hashtags:
#finlit#entrepreneurship#youth | #financialeducation | #financialinclusion

About the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia

The National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia is a central bank and only bank of issue in the Republic of Macedonia. Its primary objective is to maintain price stability.

In 2012 the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia launched a project titled "Financial Education" to inform the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia about the finances and the economy. Brochures, manuals, cartoons and other educational materials are developed, printed and distributed to the public. The project is contributing to the general wellbeing of Macedonia’s citizens and economy.


About Child and Youth Finance International

Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) aims to develop a generation that will be able to prevent future financial crises by increasing the financial education, financial access, employability, and entrepreneurship skills of children and youth.

Launched in April 2012, the Child and Youth Finance Network has already expanded to 125 countries and reached more than 18 million children. Our international and regional events result in policy changes, and are the only events in the world where children contribute to setting the global agenda.


Press Contacts

For further information about any of the mentioned events and/or Child & Youth Finance International, please contact:

Caitlin Watson, Communications Coordinator
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+31 (0)20 520 3900

Robin Willing, Director of Communications & Operations
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Video of Support from President of the European Council

"I would like to express my further support to the Child and Youth Finance Movement."

Mr. Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, send his message of support to the Child and Youth Finance Movement at the CYFI European Regional Meeting.

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FSMA welcomes CYFI on the occasion of its European conference

In the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde, the Europe & Central Asia Regional Meeting of Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) began at the offices of the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA). During the opening session of the conference, the speakers highlighted the importance of financial education.

This 6-7 November, the FSMA was hosting at its premises a conference organized by the CYFI, the aim of which is to develop the financial education of young consumers. Princess Mathilde addressed the opening session of the conference and stressed the importance of financial education for young people. The president of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy, for his part, sent a video message to the assembly, attesting to the importance which the European Council attaches to the subjects addressed at the meeting.

FSMA reported this meeting on their website. Click here to read more.

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More media reports of CYFI Europe & Central Asia Regional Meeting

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