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Accion Finance Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance

Washington, D.C. November 6, 2018 Accion 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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World Bank Supports Finance Ministry’s Proposal for Exit Capital Tax for SMEs
The Finance Industry of Ukraine plans to introduce an exit capital tax for SMEs with an annual income of up to UAH 200 million. According to the article, replacing the profit tax by the exit capital tax for SMEs meeting the above criteria, is a way to cut the budget loss. With the support of the World Bank, the exit tax capital will avoid a threat...
Sinapi Aba Trust Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. October 23, 2018 –  Sinapi Aba Trust (SAT) 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. “200 million businesses worldwide...
Development Bank of Nigeria Joins 140 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. October 16, 2018 – The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) 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. “200 million businesses...
Member News: EIB Signs Agreement to Support Hungarian SMEs
SME Finance Forum member, European Investment Bank, signed four separate loan agreements totaling in €400 million that will benefit several projects. The loans are a part of the ‘Junker Plan’; one agreement worth €25 million will benefit Budapest Bank’s efforts towards increasing lending to Hungarian SMEs. “We are also pleased to sign the first...
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...
Access to Finance Rwanda Joins 140 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. October 9, 2018 – Access to Finance Rwanda 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. “200 million businesses worldwide...
First Look at the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 Marketplace
The Global SME Finance Forum 2018 will explore how innovation in technology, regulation and partnerships can help overcome various informality problems, and open up a far larger market for profitable, sustainable, responsible financial services. The Marketplace, an exclusive opportunity for B2B introductory meetings, had over 100 participants at...
Member News: OPIC Approves Close to $900 Million To Expand Access to Financial Services to Africa, Asia and Latin America
SME Finance Forum member, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) approved approximately $895 million in financing and political risk insurance that will benefit Africa, Asia and Latin America in energy, healthcare, housing and financial services, according to a release by OPIC. The funds will contribute to the following OPIC...
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...
Tunisia’s Equal Inheritance Law Could Boost Female Entrepreneurship
A law was proposed by Tunisia’s President, Beji Caid Essebsi, that equal inheritance be available for men and women. Tunisia would be the first country in the Arab world, according to the article to implement equal inheritance, which would result in financial inclusion for Tunisia women. Right now, “The inheritance law is a significant barrier for...