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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.

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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...
Financial Products Created with Women In Mind
The largest untapped market in the world is women, according to Women’s World Banking. Financial institutions are failing to ensure their offerings work for women, however three elements with a gender-inclusive design can help counter this issue: Go beyond “gender-neutral” Segmenting by gender during the product design phase Developing the...
Medici Outlines the Challenges in the SME Lending Requirements
SMEs are still struggling to curate working capital. Medici examines the glitches in SME lending, automation of onboarding customers and loan origination and how banks can make real change in SME lending. Reported errors in the SME lending: Most of the time, banks refuse to lend money to those whose revenue is less than $2 million. Banks view SME...
SMEs Receive €475 Million in Loan Support from the European Union
The head of the EU delegation to Egypt, Ambassador Ivan Surkoš reported the European Union (EU), with support from European financial institutions will provide €475 million in loans to support SMEs. EU launched the ‘EU Facility for Inclusive Growth and Job Creation,’ which aims to provide an environment of business creation and economic...
Central Bank of Nigeria Emphasizes Increase for Credit Culture for SMEs
During a workshop for SMEs, hosted by the Bankers’ Committee, Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Senior Manager for the Development Finance Department, Chinedu Zephaniah shared that poor business habits and fragile financial systems have made it complicated to support SMEs. “At the moment, we have disbursed N170 billion to support SMEs but the...
Member News: Industry Partner GBA for Women Features Diamond Bank's Digital Innovation
Industry Partner GBA for Women says that digital solutions for product distribution are rapidly increasing banks’ ability to reach the unbanked – a segment disproportionately made up of women. During the recent All-Stars Academy in South Africa, GBA heard from two of its members who are making huge strides in this area: Diamond Bank of Nigeria -...
Financial Inclusion for SMEs is at the Core of the Economy's Potential
Financial inclusions is one of the largest challenges SMEs face today. In part two of Dhaka Tribune’s “At the Core of Our Potential” series, banker, Tarique Afzal sheds light on why this area is restricted for SMEs. · Banks are more focused on urban-based lending · Banks are at times reluctant to delegate to rural branch levels · Lack of interest...
How Paypal Became Small Business Owner (and Industry Luminary) Jim Marous' Primary Bank
Jim Marous is co-publisher of The Financial Brand and publisher of the Digital Banking Report , a subscription-based publication that provides deep insights into the digitization of banking, with over 150 reports in the digital archive available to subscribers. As a small business owner, Jim Marous shares why PayPal became his primary financial...
Credit Card Business on the Decline
A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) analyst says that credit card lenders are feeling the pinch as loan losses and rewards expenses rise. Rising loan losses and increased rewards expenses are putting pressure on card lenders’ returns. The result is that one of the most profitable consumer-lending categories in recent years may become more of a middling...
Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana Elsie Addo Awadzi Discusses Sustainable SME Finance in Ghana
Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana (BoG) Elsie Addo Awadzi, recently shared her perspective on financial inclusion and the pillars of sustainable SME finance with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) in Kuala Lumpur. She shares what her three key lessons are for the best way to make SME finance sustainable in Ghana, regulations role, how SME...