Washington D.C, January 31, 2024 – Nigeria’s Zenith Bank has joined the SME Finance Forum as the global membership network’s latest member. The 240+ members of the Forum are SME financing experts operating in 190 countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation.
“SME Finance Forum is delighted to welcome Zenith Bank, a leading bank in Nigeria and Africa, into our network. I am confident they will further contribute towards our decade-long efforts in expanding access to financial services for SMEs. We have been building a global network of SME-focused institutions imparting knowledge, scaling innovations, sharing best practices and influencing policy shifts, and we are proud to welcome Zenith Bank today,” said Qamar Saleem, CEO of the SME Finance Forum.
Zenith Bank is a commercial bank founded in 1990 and headquartered in Nigeria. Zenith Bank has subsidiaries in Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. It currently has over 400 branches and cash offices.
“Through our association with the SME Finance Forum, Zenith Bank aims to grow our SME franchise, learn from world-class organizations and members, gain access to trainings and international resources, participate in Communities of Practice, and network with our peers and key players,” said Lanre Oladimeji, DGM, Group Head Retail & SME Banking at Zenith Bank.
About SME Finance Forum
The SME Finance Forum was established by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in 2012 as a knowledge center for data, research, and best practice in promoting SME finance. As an implementing partner for the GPFI, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) was tasked with managing the initiative. The Forum operates a global membership network of +240 members that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs.
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About Zenith Bank
Zenith Bank PLC is headquartered in Nigeria with subsidiaries in Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. The bank commenced operations in May 1990 and currently has over 400 branches and cash offices.