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Development Bank of Nigeria Joins 140 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. October 16, 2018 – The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) became the newest member of the SME Finance Forum, a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs. “200 million businesses...
Nordic Fintech Report
Five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway partnered to provide insight on the investment landscape, regulatory environment and opportunities and challenges in fintech they are faced with in their region. Key findings in the report included: The Nordic customer is ​digitally savvy​, and open to trying new fintech services for...
Member News: Funding Circle Partners on New Reporting Platform
SME Finance Forum member, Funding Circle partnered with top fintech reporting and analytics platform, dv01. According to the article, the partnership will allow institutional investors who use dv01 to conduct analysis on marketplace lending and mortgage loans and bonds to access Funding Circle's US SME loan performance data on dv01. Investors will...
Advisory Programme Will Increase SMEs Access to Finance
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Union (EU) launched the Advice for Small Businesses (ASB) Programme to support SMEs in Lebanon. The programme will help foster private sector growth, job creation, innovation, competitiveness, and increase SMEs’ access to finance. According to the article, SMEs in Lebanon...
Approach to Enterprise Support is Failing Africa’s SMEs
Despite providing immense financial support for the economy, SMEs still face a multitude of challenges and lack support. According to the article, 72 percent of all startup funding went into only three companies in the region (Africa) in the span of two recent years. Supply and demand are the causes inhibiting SMEs’ access to support. On the...
Closing Africa’s MSME Finance Gap
Africa's Times of News , provided insights to the IFC estimation that Africa’s finance gap for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) stands at $331bn. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) form the backbone of most African economies and investment in this sector will significantly enhance job creation and wealth development. The informal...
Member News: EIB Signs Agreement to Support Hungarian SMEs
SME Finance Forum member, European Investment Bank, signed four separate loan agreements totaling in €400 million that will benefit several projects. The loans are a part of the ‘Junker Plan’; one agreement worth €25 million will benefit Budapest Bank’s efforts towards increasing lending to Hungarian SMEs. “We are also pleased to sign the first...
SMEs Encouraged to Join Value Chains
To increase competitiveness SMEs are urged to join global value chains. According to the article, lack of quality supplier-buyer relations with multinationals is hindering SMEs access to electronics global value chains. A World Bank report says only 300 Vietnamese firms are completely eligible to connect with the world’s production chains...
White Paper: Opportunities and Challenges for SMEs in the Context of Increased Adoption of ICTS
The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) released a report detailing the issues SMEs are plagued with when adopting information and communication technologies (ICTs). According to the report, SMEs tend to have increased challenges compared to larger companies when adopting ICTS. The report...
BDRC SME Finance Monitor Q2 2018
A report published by the BRDC, outlines data on a wider range of financial products and providers able to meet SME access to finance needs. The report covers the borrowing process from the SME’s perspective, and broader information regarding SME growth, profitability and perceived barriers to running the business. Topics covered in the report...