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United Commercial Bank Limited Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance

Washington, D.C. December 11, 2018 – United Commercial Bank (UCB) Limited 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. 

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Member News: EIB Signs Loan Agreement with CBA
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IFC and Top Tech Firms Drive Economic Opportunities for Women
Under the new initiative, ‘Digital2Equal’ led by IFC, a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group, seventeen leading tech companies have joined together to support this initiative focused on increasing opportunities for women. The companies participating include: Airbnb, Inc., Google LLC, LinkedIn, Didi Chuxing...
Member News: OPIC Partners with IDB to Launch Gender-Focused Fund
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Member News: EIF and BGK Sign Agreement to Support Cultural and Creative Focused SMEs
SME Finance Forum member, European Investment Fund (EIF) and Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) will support Polish SMEs with 525 million zloty (around 125 million euros) of loans over the next three years, according to the article. The new agreement will benefit almost 3,000 SMEs in the creative and cultural sectors. According to the article,...
Leading Bank in Lebanon Receives $100 Million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to Support SMEs
Société Générale de Banque au Liban (SGBL) will receive $100 million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to help export and import activity and on-lending for SMEs. According to the article, a $50-million credit line will support medium-term funding for SMEs and provide regional outreach. In addition, the funds will...
EBRD Provides $20 Million Line to Addiko Bank to Support SMEs
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will support SMEs in Serbia with a $20 million line to Addiko Bank. According to the article, SMEs account for over half of Serbia’s economic activity and supporting them is key. The funds will help to improve the competitiveness of Serbian SMEs by providing access to modern technology...
IFC Supports Kyrgyzstan In First institutional Private Equity Fund
The funds backed by World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) will go towards supporting Highland Capital’s efforts towards increasing access to finance for SMEs in the Kyrgyzstan. Key areas include services, healthcare, education and media, according to the article. With a goal of raising $30 million, Highland Capital has raised $15...
Member News: The European Investment Bank Partnered With DLL to Support Dutch and Belgian SMEs
SME Finance Forum member the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed an agreement to provide DLL Financial Solutions with €100 million to support Dutch and Belgian SMEs. Over 200 businesses will be able to benefit from lower interest rates due to the funds that will be split from Belgium and the Netherlands, according to the article. Werner Hoyer,...
Experts Join CREM and SMEDAN to Chart New Course for SME Funding in Nigeria
A business forum in Lagos, conducted by Centre for Research in Enterprise and Action in Management (CREM) examined the journey of SME funding in Nigeria. Noel Ihebuzor, Phd, Dean of CREM shared the factors inhibiting SMEs from receiving funds to grow. They include: Unfavourable government policy Improper implementation Accessibility obstacles...
Mastercard, South Indian Bank Partner on Card Accepting Kit
SME Finance Forum member Mastercard and South India Bank will together launch ‘Merchant in a Box’ an integrated card accepting kit for merchants and SMEs. The kit includes a branded business debit card and the Bharat QR service, along with instant access to bank accounts and the acceptance of digital payments, according to the article. Rajeev...