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Development Bank of Nigeria CEO Tony Okpanachi Speaks on Addressing the MSME Finance Challenges

SME Finance Forum member Development Bank of Nigeria is working to aid in providing finance to MSMEs. Calling it a "nightmare," its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Tony Okpanachi, was appointed in 2017 with the mission to alleviate the financing constraints faced by MSMEs and small corporates in Nigeria.

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Mobile Money Offers Africans a Financial Future
For years, traditional banks shied away from serving many Africans because of the costs of physical branch expansion and the risks associated with serving low-income people. Small entrepreneurs found it particularly hard to access credit as they often lack the required collateral or credit history. But the launch and growth of digital financial...
Disrupting Systems: Financing Africa’s Youth Entrepreneurs
On May 15-16, in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, 300 plus individuals from more than 175 institutions and 50 countries gathered at the Africa SME Finance Forum to discuss innovative solutions to promote access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. As a key supporter of the Forum, the Mastercard Foundation hosted a panel titled...
GDPR Becomes Reality, Consumer Data Becomes Global
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25. PYMNTS.com has gathered thoughts on GDPR from payments luminaries. This publication includes articles from what they said about the challenges and rewards of a new regulatory environment.
How Social Enterprises Can Avoid Three Impact Investor Red Flags
Villgro president PR Ganapathy has met with hundreds of early-stage social entrepreneurs – and he's noticed that they keep making the same mistakes when seeking impact investing. As part of NextBillion's “Survival Guide for Raising Capital” series, Ganapathy shares three essential tips to help entrepreneurs avoid some common red flags when...
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...
Five Highlights from the Africa SME Finance Forum: Day 1
Through the first Africa SME Finance Forum, IFC, financial institutions and entrepreneurs are seeking to find solutions to close the $331 billion SME finance gap across the continent. The conference on May 15-16 explores local and global best practice SME banking solutions to harness digital technology, e-commerce and blockchain, to promote youth...
Investing in Women: The Power of Partnership
The program is the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF), a joint initiative established by IFC and the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Its goal is to provide access to capital for 100,000 women, stimulating economic growth, and building stronger, more prosperous communities. Although WEOF still has six years to run, to date, it has made over...
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...
Finding a Financial Solution for Small Businesses
Multi-award winning businesswoman Darlene Menzies plans to become the lead generator and matcher of small business loans in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in the next five years. Menzies is chief executive of Finfind, an online access to finance solution for SMMEs supported by the Department of Small Business Development...
Accountants Should Take Note of SMEs at Risk of Rising Interest Rates
As the UK’s near-zero interest rate era comes to an end, small businesses are exposed to rate rises. Marc Bajer, CEO of Hadrian’s Wall Capital, discusses why corporate finance teams in accountancy firms should take note. He says "As the UK’s near-zero interest rate era comes to an end, small businesses are exposed to rate rises. With another Bank...