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Members News: Ecobank Ghana Introduces Unified Electronic Payment Solution for Merchants
SME Finance Forum member, Ecobank Ghana, has unveiled Ecobank Pay - a multi-featured digital payment solution, to boost digital payment in the country. According to the bank, the product delivers a unified and instant self-service payment solution to more than 15,000 merchants – a product that allows anyone to buy a product or service without...
Medical Credit Fund Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. May 14, 2019 –  Medical Credit Fund (MCF) 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...
The Future of SME Banking: Minds Made for Redefining Financial Services
In this EY has outlined a number of questions they believe firms need to ask themselves with respect to how they can really help the SME community, considering how they can provide additional insight, tools and services that will best serve their customers. Firms that answer these questions the best are likely to come out on top, not just in this...
Member News: Mastercard Champions Women Business Owners Throughout National Small Business Week and Beyond
Mastercard is helping share the stories of the women across the U.S. who are contributing over $3 trillion to today’s economy and opening over eighteen hundred businesses every single day. Today the company announced the launch of a national advertising campaign that puts the spotlight on women business owners who are driving impact. Mastercard is...
Joyce Tee, Managing Director and Group Head of SME Banking for DBS, Details the Importance of Insurance for SMEs During the SME Finance Forum 2018
During the Global SME Finance Forum 2018, Joyce Tee, Managing Director and Group Head of SME Banking for DBS Bank, encouraged SMEs to consider the necessity of insurance for their business. “Insurance has a way to actually cover a lot of [SMEs] risks. This is about how to make education, awareness of insurance that is accessible [and]...
Banco Amazonas Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. May 7, 2019 –  Banco Amazonas 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...
Survey Results: Savings and Retail Banking in Africa
Based on a survey of 34 WSBI Africa institutions in 2018, the 50-page report by WSBI’s Scale2Save Programme, a partnership between WSBI and Mastercard Foundation, finds that member banks offer a variety of transaction and savings accounts as part of their drive to attract and satisfy customers. But it also found their product and service mix still...
The Future of Banking
The journey from unbundling to rebundling and back has been a formidable one. Emerging technologies and the pace of innovation are driving changes throughout the banking industry at an unprecedented rate. From Asia to Europe, U.S. to Africa, and Australia to the Middle East, consumers are not only increasingly adopting digital – most are demanding...
Banque du Caire CEO Shares Their Strategy for SME Financing
Banque du Caire has embarked on a five-year transformation strategy that includes regional expansion, strengthening its digital platform and boosting SME financing and financial inclusion. This interview with the CEO Tarek Fayed, shares how the bank is expanding its SME loan and microfinance portfolios. “We are planning to offer our clients a well...
2019 Global Survey -Overcoming the Trade Finance Gap: Root Causes and Remedies
BNY Mellon released its "Overcoming the Trade Finance Gap: Root Causes and Remedies" report, which finds that the trade finance gap remains a significant issue for global trade, according to 100 global, regional, and domestic banks, specialist trade providers and other market participants responding to its survey. The $1.5 trillion global trade...