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Member News: CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Shares His Plans for the Region and Strategic Partnerships Opportunities

In an interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, regional CEO of Africa and the Middle East for Standard Chartered Bank, Sunil Kaushal shared his plans and partnerships with India and UAE.

Kaushal shared,“Mmy vision is to build up a business which delivers a solid result and generates the right returns for all our stakeholders – but on a sustainable basis with a strong foundation of controls and compliance.”

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Itaú Unibanco Has Partnered With IFC To Provide Support for Women Entrepreneurs Through an Online Portal Program
Itaú Unibanco will provide a online course entitled, “Plano de crescimento: como transformar negócios em sucesso,” (Growth plan: how to turn business into success) to support women entrepreneurs. In partnership with the IFC and EDUK, a widely known learning platform in Brazil, Itaú Unibanco will develop and provide the course for free, according...
Member News: Co-operative Bank of Kenya Launches Financial Solutions for MSMEs
A packaged financial solution, launched by Co-operative (Co-op) Bank of Kenya, will go towards supporting MSMEs. Co-op Bank of Kenya has worked with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) over the past year, to understand the inner-workings of the MSME business segment to improve MSMEs. Co-op Bank will offer training programs, forums and...
Member News: DBS Launches Website to Aid SMEs with Digital Adoption
The 99 Percent campaign is back to help SMEs go digital. The campaign, launched by DBS, a SME Finance Forum member, and Singtel will help strengthen SMEs online presence. In addition to digital support there will be a new business-to-business (B2B) marketplace available for SMEs, which is set to launch at the end of 2018, with the help of DBS...
The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth is using technology to help entrepreneurs grow their business. Micro-entrepreneurs are excluded from the traditional financial system due to their cash-based transaction system and are unable to build trust among financial institutions. According to the article, “As of 2017, 70 percent of women-owned...
Member News: Common Wealth Bank Partners with Tech Giants to Deliver SME-Driven Program
The Common Wealth Bank of Australia (CBA) teams up with Amazon, Google, Salesforce, Mastercard, Phoria and UsTwo, to provide a program that encourages the use of digital technologies. The program aimed at SMEs in Victoria is geared toward helping them embrace innovation. The announcement was revealed at the Small Business Festival, where CBA is...
EU Funding Expansion of EBRD Women in Business Programme to Morocco
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending its reach, offering women-led SMEs in Morocco financial literacy, marketing, leadership skills and e-commerce through their Women in Business Programme. According to the article, the program funded by the EU Initiative for Financial Inclusion has a goal to impact 200,000...
Member News: StanChart Eyes SMEs Loans with Asia Tour
SME customers of Standard Chartered Bank, a SME Finance Forum member, will explore Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand on a 10-tour. The tour sponsored by StanChart in partnership with Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) and Strathmore Business School will target SMEs with a minimum annual turnover of Sh10...
Member News: Diamond Bank Rewards Five Entrepreneurs with N15m to Strengthen SMEs Development
Leading retail bank, Diamond Bank Plc has once again demonstrated its passion for supporting small businesses by rewarding finalists of the seventh season of the Building Entrepreneurs Today (BET) programme with N15million grant. Ikenna Ubah, Tope Alake, Jumoke Dada, Bayo Ojelabi and Osagie Azeta emerged winners of the grants having displayed...
Global SME Finance Forum 2018 - Meet Our Study Visit Hosts
Join the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 on November 5 to access study visits to financial institutions and fintechs that have best in class, innovative ways of serving SMEs clients. The conference will showcase unique perspectives of industry leaders, rich experiences of successful practitioners, and the impactful financial innovations that...
Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion Hosts Study Tour at Africa SME Finance Forum
The Africa SME Finance Forum 2018 provided more than 140 participants access to seven study visits to financial institutions and fintechs that have best in class, innovative ways of serving SMEs clients. The study tour took place in Nairobi, Kenya on May 14. One of the visits was to the Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion, which is one of...