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CreditEase CEO Ning Tang on How China’s Fintechs Serve the Underserved

CreditEase - an SME Finance Forum member - founder and CEO Ning Tang recently shared with Mckinsey his perspective on how fintech players, from both within and outside China, can capture the opportunity among small and midsize Chinese businesses and how artificial intelligence (AI) can help. The following commentary is adapted from that conversation.

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CreditEnable, CAIT Partnership Set to Help 70 Million SMEs
This Forbes' article written by John Welsh, includes: a profile on CreditEnable; highlights about the CEO and Founder Nadia Sood’s career and outlines CreditEnable's 'Changemakers Programme', an initiative they have just launched in conjunction with the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), the world’s largest SME association, representing 70...
Finding New Ways to Lend More to Health SMEs in Africa
“It’s one thing to offer universal healthcare to your citizens. But the next question is ‘okay, where can I go,’” said Bart Schaap, Chief Financial Officer at Medical Credit Fund (MCF). The region suffers from a dearth of healthcare facilities, especially ones that provide quality care. For Schaap, the solution is obvious: “If you want to address...
E-commerce: Helping Djiboutian Women Entrepreneurs Reach the World
Access to finance also remains a problem, where 53 percent of women-led small and medium enterprises (SMEs) do not have access to credit and 70 percent of surveyed MENA female entrepreneurs agree that lending conditions in their economy are too restrictive and do not allow them to secure the financing needed for growth. This is where e-commerce...
Qatar Attracts Regional and International Trade Business
Qatar the upcoming “free economic zone,” according to the article will attract business in a monumental way. HSBC, a long standing bank in Qatar is excited about the upcoming advantages that will be presented with this opportunity. “We are seeing credit appetite from every player in this market. HSBC will be lending higher in volumes over the next...
EBRD Provides A €10 Million Loan To Sparkasse Banka Makedonija
Through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Western Balkans SME Competitiveness Support Programme the Sparkasse Banka Makedonija will receive a €10 million loan to boost lending for SMEs. According to the article, the loan is aimed at improving the competitiveness of local companies, with at least 60 percent of the funds aimed...
Financial Products Created with Women In Mind
The largest untapped market in the world is women, according to Women’s World Banking. Financial institutions are failing to ensure their offerings work for women, however three elements with a gender-inclusive design can help counter this issue: Go beyond “gender-neutral” Segmenting by gender during the product design phase Developing the...
Alitheia Capital's Tokunboh Ishmael Starts a Fund for Africa's Women Entrepreneurs
Startups founded by women receive less than 50 percent of investment funds than those founded by men, even though women are achieving 10 percent higher profits, according to Boston Consultant Group. Tokunboh Ishmael, co-founder of Alitheia Identity, an investment management and advisory firm focused on channeling private equity investments into...
Nena Stoiljkovic on Women Entrpreneurship
IFC Vice President Nena Stoiljkovic was in Japan for the international conference "World Assembly for Women: WAW!" talked about support for women. Of IFC's many missions, supporting female entrepreneurs is very important. IFC has a network of around 800 local banks in developing countries, through which they offer support to make it easier for...
Investing in Women: The Power of Partnership
The program is the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF), a joint initiative established by IFC and the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Its goal is to provide access to capital for 100,000 women, stimulating economic growth, and building stronger, more prosperous communities. Although WEOF still has six years to run, to date, it has made over...
Blended Finance - A Stepping Stone to Creating Markets
At the heart of IFC’s approach to blended finance are efforts to create and help sustain private markets with strong development impact. This note explores the role of blended finance in creating markets and looks at lessons from three blended finance projects and structures—and how each contributed to the creation of markets that are scalable,...