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BBVA is Spain’s second largest bank and an innovative global financial group that provides financial services in more than 30 countries to 72 million customers, of which SMEs is a very important client segment. In recent years, the bank has reinvented itself as a digital business, and it aims to be as nimble as a fintech.  

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BRAC Bank was established in 2001 to help grow the vital, yet unbanked SME sector in Bangladesh. The bank’s reason for being is to serve SMEs; with 186 bank branches, 2,500 specialized SME staff and the provision of more than 60 percent of the collateral-free SME loans in Bangladesh, the bank is...
BBVA is Spain’s second largest bank and an innovative global financial group that provides financial services in more than 30 countries to 72 million customers, of which SMEs is a very important client segment. In recent years, the bank has reinvented itself as a digital business, and it aims to be...
Bank of Palestine was established in 1960 to serve Palestinians of all socio-economic groups. With a network of 70 branches, 31 percent market share of deposits, 33 percent market share of loans and more than 890,000 customers, the bank serves retail, corporate, small and medium enterprises,...
IDLC Finance Limited , a founding member of the SME Finance Forum, was established in Bangladesh in 1985 as the country’s first-ever leasing company, with equity investment from IFC, the Government of Bangladesh and other investors. Since 2009, IDLC has been growing rapidly and its SME lending...
EcoBank is known for its pan-African presence. Headquartered in Togo, it has operations in 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, 11 million customers and over 20,000 employees. Its scale and reach make it unusual among African banks and give it an advantage over competitors. But that scale and...
Rakuten Card, a subsidiary of Rakuten Inc. , recently joined the SME Finance Forum as a founding member. Founded in Japan in 1997 with a mission of empowering merchants and consumers through the Internet, Rakuten has expanded beyond e-commerce to encompass a dynamic global ecosystem of around 70...
Development finance institutions like the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) , were formed on the understanding that the private sector has a critical role to play in development. OPIC works to mobilize private sector investment for development and has supported several critical...
Octet works to connect the business world through its innovative supply chain finance and management platform. It has on boarded in excess of 10,000 SME suppliers in more than 60 countries at over a 98% success rate. This has enabled the suppliers to transact in excess of US$1 billion since Octet’s...
Starting in 2011, the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) began a drive towards innovation in the banking space and has been first to market with full digital banking channels. Drawing on lessons learnt from the SME Finance Forum, CBA recently focused on how to better deploy their Omni-channel...