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Global SME Finance Forum 2017 - Meet our Study Visit Hosts

The Global SME Finance Forum 2017 will be held November 1-3 in Berlin, Germany. This annual flagship event of the SME Finance Forum, which focuses on “digitization of SME finance,” will convene senior executives from financial institutions, fintechs and regulators from both emerging and developed countries.

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At $3 Billion in Loans, Amazon is Quickly Becoming a Huge SME Lender
Amazon announced today that it had originated over $3 billion in loans to more than 20,000 small businesses since 2011. One billion of those loans came in the past 12 months. Peyush Nahar , VP for Amazon Marketplace, released a statement on the milestone; “We created Amazon Lending to make it simple for up-and-coming small businesses to...
First look at the Global SME Finance Forum 2017 Marketplace
SME Finance Forum 's annual flagship event, to be held on 1-3 November in Berlin, Germany, will bring 400+ senior executives from commercial banks, development finance institutions, fintech companies, as well as regulators to focus on leveraging digital banking to serve MSME. The Marketplace , an exclusive opportunity for B2B introductory meetings...
European banking associations present high level principles for banks’ feedback on SME credit applications
The European Banking Federation, together with four other European banking associations (EAPB*, EACB , EMF-ECBC and ESBG ), presented today a set of high-level principles regarding the communication between SMEs and banks around loan applications. The principles, developed in discussions with European SME organisations, aim at promoting high...
A Local Approach To The Universal Challenge Of SME Finance
From the U.S. to Mexico to India to sub-Saharan Africa, SMEs’ need for access to capital is universal. What differs across geographic markets, however, is how small businesses can gain that access. For some, it’s through their traditional banks. For others, underbanked markets need FinTech innovations to see financing. The particulars of each...
Vietnam to facilitate SMEs growth through funds, incentives
Increased access to funding and new legislations are among the measures being rolled out by the Vietnamese government to support the country’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).Late last month, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) announced four preferential loan programmes to be made available to SMEs this year under its SME...
The coolness factor in banking
Except for people at Fintech Meetups or students at business schools, no one actually thinks banking is “cool”. For them, it earns money – yes. It is necessary - yes. But cool? NO. The average citizen prefers dealing with his insurance company, rather than sitting down to do his financials, and more people would wear a t-shirt sponsored by a Trump...
Qupital secures $2Mn from Alibaba to expand its SME financing platform
Qupital has secured $2 million in a seed round of funding led by Mindwork Ventures and Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund. What’s more impressive, apart from the investment size, is that both the firms have invested for the first time in a Hong Kong-based FinTech startup. The round witnessed participation of few other investors including DRL Capital and...
World First Lets Global SMEs Go Bankless
World First is launching a cross-border payments platform for SMEs. The U.K. company said Tuesday (May 9) that it is rolling out its World Account solution, an international payments platform for B2B payments developed for smaller businesses. According to World First, the solution allows SMEs to go bankless and avoid the fees associated with...
Omani banks allowed to consider one per cent of non-funded credit for SME funding
Omani commercial banks can consider their non-funded credit to the extent of 1 per cent as part of the compulsory 5 per cent minimum credit for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Non-funded credit is extended by commercial banks to small units by way of letters of credit (LCs) for imports or guarantees for government projects. The Sultanate’s...
KPMG launches finance option for SMEs
Big four accountancy and advisory firm, KPMG has launched a new financing option for small and medium-sized businesses looking to raise debt finance up to £10 million. KPMG’s Enterprise Financing will complement the firm’s debt advisory expertise and will support SMEs looking to raise new debt finance or refinance between £2 million and £10...