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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...
How Paypal Became Small Business Owner (and Industry Luminary) Jim Marous' Primary Bank
Jim Marous is co-publisher of The Financial Brand and publisher of the Digital Banking Report , a subscription-based publication that provides deep insights into the digitization of banking, with over 150 reports in the digital archive available to subscribers. As a small business owner, Jim Marous shares why PayPal became his primary financial...
Disrupting Systems: Financing Africa’s Youth Entrepreneurs
On May 15-16, in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, 300 plus individuals from more than 175 institutions and 50 countries gathered at the Africa SME Finance Forum to discuss innovative solutions to promote access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. As a key supporter of the Forum, the Mastercard Foundation hosted a panel titled...
Member News: ICICI Bank On-Boards Over 250 Corporates on Its Blockchain Platform for Trade Finance
SME Finance Forum member ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank by consolidated assets, announcee that it has successfully on-boarded over 250 corporates on its blockchain platform for domestic and international trade finance, the most by any bank in India. With this, leading Indian corporates, including ones from the ‘S&P BSE 100...
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...
Building the Future-Ready Bank: Banking Technology Vision 2018
Retail banking is witnessing a revolutionary moment in China. With over 1.5 billion active users, Alipay™ and WeChat are reshaping the payments landscape with a deluge of innovations that are making both cash and traditional card payments anachronistic in some cities. While mobile payments languish in the low single digit percentage in the U.S.,...
Highlights from the Speech of Dr. Patrick Njoroge to the Africa SME Finance Forum
In Kenya, SMEs are the mainstay of the economy and are expected to play a permanent role in realizing the Vision 2030, Kenya's evolvement group blueprint. Central Bank Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge was the keynote speaker for the opening remarks at the Africa SME Finance Forum in Nairobi, which took place May 15-16. The event had 370 people from...
Report: Digital Access: The Future of Financial Inclusion
Digital Access: The Future of Financial Inclusion captures the knowledge and experienced that The Partnership for Financial Inclusion has gained over the past six years, working to develop and promote commercially sustainable solutions for greater financial inclusion across Sub-Saharan Africa. It includes case studies, research highlights, market...
Five Highlights from the Africa SME Finance Forum: Day 1
Through the first Africa SME Finance Forum, IFC, financial institutions and entrepreneurs are seeking to find solutions to close the $331 billion SME finance gap across the continent. The conference on May 15-16 explores local and global best practice SME banking solutions to harness digital technology, e-commerce and blockchain, to promote youth...
White Paper: Maximizing the Return on Digital Investments
Digital technologies offer new ways for companies to grow and be more productive. However, it is not completely clear how investments in new technologies impact productivity. This World Economic Forum white paper addresses that issue by analysing the business value impact of new technology investments and providing recommendations for maximizing...