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Khan Bank Joins 140 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C., June 13, 2018 – Khan Bank 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 need financing to...
EIF SME Access to Finance Index - June 2018 Update
This EIF Working Paper elaborates on the most recent update of the EIF SME Access to Finance (ESAF) Index, a composite indicator used to monitor SME external financing markets in the 28 EU countries. The current update, using latest available data, constitutes the fifth iteration of this exercise. The paper is used to provide some background...
SME Practitioners Survey - Win a Free Ticket to Attend  the Next Global SME Finance Forum
During the Africa SME Finance Forum Conference held in Nairobi May 15-16, the IFC SME Banking Practice launched a short survey to hear from banks on how they navigate the world of SME Banking, what are some of the challenges that banks are facing and what will the future of SME Banking look like. Everyone who responds to the survey will receive a...
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...
IFC Vice President Karin Finkelston Speaks about Digital Opportunities in Africa
A few years ago, about two million people were unbanked worldwide. The World Bank is working to bridge that gap through a commitment to universal access to financial services by 2020. IFC Vice President Karin Finkelston says the segments that should be focused on are youth, women, rural populations and smallholder farmers. “When we look at where...
Member News: BNP Paribas Survey Reveals that Trust is the Key Component for Corporate Treasurers in an Increasing Digitalized Environment
The 2018 Corporate Treasury Insights report, released by SME Finance Forum member BNP Paribas and Boston Consulting Group reveals that acquiring and building a reliable relationship takes a combination of factors that include inherent trust, delivery excellence and a strong relationship model. According to the 700 corporate treasurers and...
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...
Member News: BRAC Bank Celebrates Anniversary of Women’s Banking Solutions ‘TARA’
SME Finance Forum BRAC Bank has celebrated the first anniversary of the launch of its comprehensive Women’s Banking solutions ‘TARA’. Selim RF Hussain, Managing Director and CEO, BRAC Bank, and senior officials were present at the programme to mark the occasion at the bank’s head office on May 8. BRAC Bank is the first bank to launch a women...
European Payment Report 2018
In this report Intrum gathered data from 9,607 companies across Europe to gain insight into the payment behavior and financial health of European businesses. Through this comprehensive survey among European companies, Intrum generates awareness and debate among politicians and the media, for example, how late or non-payments impact the economies...