OUR STAFF REPORTER KARACHI - State Bank of Pakistan Governor Shahid H Kardar will inaugurate 'Branchless Banking: Government to Person Payments (G2P) Conference 2011 and launch 'Financial Innovation Challenge Fund on Monday (tomorrow) at SBP Learning Resource Centre (Auditorium), I I Chundrigar Road, Karachi. According to a press release issued by the SBP on Saturday, the two-day G2P Conference is being hosted by the State Bank in collaboration with the UK Aid and World Bank arm, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP). The conference will draw an array of public and private sector speakers and audience including international donors, government agencies, banks, telecoms and solution providers. Farzana Raja, Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) & MNA, will also speak at the concluding session of day one of the conference. While day one will conclude with the inception of a common G2P framework for Pakistan, the day two has been set aside for a closed door session with government agencies and service providers. Focused one-on-one technical advisory sessions between government agencies and G2P experts will facilitate uptake of Financial Innovation Challenge G2P round. It may be added here that the Financial Innovation Challenge Fund, a GBP 10 million grant fund and part of the GBP 50 million Financial Inclusion Program, will also be launched at the conference. The Fund will help spur innovations in the financial sector and widen access across the country. The first competitive round of the Fund will be held on G2P, which will not only promote automation of G2P, but also increase level one banking accounts and attract future private investment towards a sustainable model of financial service delivery. It may be pointed out that the Government of Pakistan transfers billions every year in the form of pensions, welfare schemes and salaries. Automating G2P presents three tremendous advantages. First, the government can save immensely. Second, recipients will benefit from quick payments with transparency enhancing its credibility. Most importantly, a growing body of evidence indicates that with appropriate delivery models, (G2P) payments recipients can be easily brought into the sphere of financial services, which is an opportunity not to be missed. Furthermore, individuals not receiving G2P, but within the geographic network may also benefit from spill-over effects.