20 and 21 October 2010 was held in Beirut the Conference on Financial Education: Building financially empowered individuals.

This high-level event, co-hosted by the Banque du Liban and the OECD, brought together high-level officials and experts from central banks and officials of State governments, the private sector, the academic and civil community as well as non-government organisations. Among the participants was Fady Yarak, Director General of Education from Lebanon and an honorary member of READI.

The conference was global in scope, but with a particular focus on the MENA region. Discussions focussed on:

Financial Access: An Essential Condition
Consumer Protection and Financial Education: Two sides of a same coin
Roundtable on National Strategy on Financial Education: International experience and regional issues
The Role of Government and Central Banks in the Financial Education Process
Financial Literacy: A Life Skill to be integrated in Schools
Financial Education and Awareness  – a social responsibility of the financial sector and its institutions
Attitude and Behaviour relative to Long-term Saving and Protection – a challenging policy priority.