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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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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...
Blockchain-Based Loans Could Rescue SMEs Without Other Funding Options
The strength of every nation’s economy is usually a direct reflection of the viability of the Small and Medium scale Enterprise (SME) sector. The impact of SMEs on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of nations cannot be over-emphasized. In most cases, especially developing countries, SMEs account for as much as 35-40% of the total GDP. SMEs lack of...
Member News: AECM Annual Event in Madrid 2017
AECM, CESGAR, the WORLD BANK GROUP and the SME Finance Forum hold the Global Conference for Guarantee Institutions on AECM’s 25th anniversary in Madrid Madrid, 2 June 2017 – AECM, the leading European association of guarantee institutions celebrated its 25th anniversary in Madrid with a dense Annual Event and the Global Conference on Guarantee...
Member News: ASIFMA's Report Offers Ten Guidelines on Best Practices for Fostering Fintech in the Region
Differing regulatory standards among various jurisdictions are hindering the development of financial technology (fintech) in Asia, according to a Hong Kong-based financial lobby group. While the rapid evolution and development of fintech provide enormous potential for increased productivity and efficiencies in the way financial services are...
La Federación Latinoamericana de Bancos, FELABAN, y La Corporación Financiera Internacional, IFC, firmaron convenio de Cooperación
La Federación Latinoamericana de Bancos, FELABAN, con su Presidenta Doctora María Mercedes Cuellar y su Secretario General Dr. Giorgio Trettenero Castro y la Corporación Financiera Internacional, IFC, miembro del Grupo del Banco Mundial y su representante Sr. Ary Naïm, Gerente del IFC, firmaron un Memorando de entendimiento, para realizar...
FinCompare Raises €2.5 Million in Seed Funding for SME Financing Comparison Site
FinCompare , a Fintech startup based in Berlin, has raised €2.5 million in seed funding led by SpeedInvest and UNIQA – Austria’s largest insurance group. Several angel investors from the finance sector also participated in the seed round. The financing will be used to boost market penetration, improve the technology as well as aiding marketing and...
Haiti - Economy : Towards the creation of a Leasing Market in Haiti
According to the World Bank (WB), 80% of businesses in Haiti do not have access to credit. Economic growth being based on the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and in view of this, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a branch of the World Bank and the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH), want in consultation with...
SME lender launches new funding platform
SME lender Sancus Finance has launched a new platform targeted at investors looking to finance businesses online. Sancus specialises in providing short-, medium- and long-term finance solutions for businesses which need working capital finance to realise their growth plans. The platform matches funders with businesses looking for fast financing...
Plum Banks Future On Facebook Messenger
Plum , a London-based FinTech startup using AI-driven or “smart” chatbots to help people manage their finances, is betting that Facebook Messenger will become the go-to place for people to handle their money. TechCrunch reports that with the social network expected to launch friend-to-friend payments in Europe soon, Plum’s Co-Founder, Victor...
How One Fintech Company Created Lifestyle Banking In Vietnam
If you’re a young professional in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, the last thing you want to do is wait in long lines to sign up for a bank account or transfer money. You’ve got work to do, children to care for, and social responsibilities to which you need to attend. Getting tangled in old school banking bureaucracy only throws a wrench into your busy...