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By Lending More to Women, Tunisian Banks Could Help Drive Growth: New IFC Report

By ramping up their lending to female entrepreneurs, banks in Tunisia could dramatically increase their profits while also driving economic growth across the country, says a new report from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.

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EBA Report on the Prudential Risks and Opportunities Arising for Institutions from FinTech
The European Banking Authority (EBA) published the first products of its FinTech Roadmap, namely (i) a thematic report on the impact of FinTech on incumbent credit institutions' business models and (ii) a thematic report on the prudential risks and opportunities arising for institutions from FinTech. Both reports fall under the wider context of...
A Success Story on Remittances at the Post Office in Africa
In 2013, together with the European Commission, IFAD partnered with the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the Universal Postal Union, the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute, the World Bank and other key factors in order to address the full potential of postal networks in Africa in facilitating the transfer of remittances, reducing...
Future of Trade Says Alternative Trade Finance is on the Rise for SMEs
According to DMCC global Future of Trade research, technology could bridge the current $1.5 trillion trade finance gap, unlocking new opportunities for trade across borders. They examine the impact of blockchain and fintechs on trade as well as reveal business sectors making the most progress in terms of digitalisation. The report states that 50%...
Report Says Canadian SMEs are Experiencing Fatigue, Points to Success Factors
A new CIBC Capital Markets report says that Canadian are showing signs of fatigue and reporting lower confidence, they are also facing several potential headwinds. However, the report did examine SMEs with above-average revenue growth over the past five years to uncover what leads to success and found three key trends: Outsourcing – small firms...
BDRC SME Finance Monitor Q2 2017
After the significant events both in the UK and globally in 2016 (EU referendum, Donald Trump etc), the first half of 2017 included a snap general election and the start of the Brexit negotiations. This report provides an overview of how SMEs have reacted to these events over time. The SME Finance Monitor surveys 4,500 businesses every quarter...
ICC Global Survey on Trade Finance 2016
ICC Global Surveys on Trade Finance came into existence when the World Trade Organization (WTO) asked ICC to provide data for the G20 meeting of world leaders at their first economic Summit, held in 2008. From 2009 onwards, with contributions from its partners and under the direction of the Market Intelligence Working Group, the reports have...
2016 Trade Finance Gaps, Growth, and Jobs Survey
The ADB trade finance survey quantifies market gaps for trade finance and explores their impact on growth and jobs. The inability of financial institutions to provide $1.6 trillion to support buyers and sellers of goods across countries resulted in forgone growth and job creation in 2015. Developing Asia’s share of the global trade finance gap was...
Trade finance and SMEs - Bridging the gaps in provision
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has released a new study focusing on SMEs’ lack of access to trade finance, providing a list of recommendations to address the gap. The WTO’s strategy focuses on three fronts: firstly, encouraging global financial institutions to stay engaged, ensuring that regulations are not prohibitive; then, enhancing local...
Financing Patterns of European SMEs: An Empirical Taxonomy
While research in SME financing has strongly increased over the recent years, studies focusing on the analysis of financing patterns of SMEs in Europe are still lacking. The research presented in this working paper provides an integrative perspective of such SME financing patterns by identifying and analysing in detail the use of various financing...
Trade and Access to Finance of SMEs: Is there a Nexus?”
The report entitled “ Trade and Access to Finance of SMEs: Is there a Nexus? ” co-authored by Hala El-Said, Mahmoud Al-Said and Chahir Zaki underlines that, despite the banking reforms initiated in Egypt in 2004, SMEs’ access to sufficient and appropriate financing remains limited. This represents a handicap for these SMEs to access the...