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Q-Lana Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance

Washington, D.C. March 19, 2019 –  Q-Lana 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.  

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Member News: Qatar Development Bank completes the 4th edition of Bank's Retirees Entrepreneurship Program "Khutwa"
In keeping up its momentum of providing immense opportunities to Qatari entrepreneurs, Qatar Development Bank (QDB), a SME Finance Forum member, successfully hosted the 4th edition of its Retirees Entrepreneurship Program ‘Khutwa’, which was organized in collaboration with the General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority. The event was held...
Member News: Ecobank Speaks on Their Female Entrepreneurs Initiative
SME Finance Forum member Ecobank recently shared information about their Female Entrepreneurs Initiative. Managing Director Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan said, “Increasingly, we are seeing the change in the attitudes of women, and their economic viability as individuals and leaders in their fields. Their banking and financial services as a...
Q-Lana Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. March 19, 2019 –  Q-Lana 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...
India SME Forum Helps SMEs Grow Their Business
SME Finance Forum member Grab, secures $1.46 billion from SoftBank Vision Fund. As Southeast Asia’s “leading super app” the company will use the funds to advance in areas such as, financial services, food delivery, parcel delivery, content and digital payments, according to the release. “We have been blessed with overwhelming shareholder support...
Banque Saudi Fransi Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. February 26, 2019 – Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) 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...
Member News: BRAC Bank Wins Award
SME Finance Forum member BRAC Bank won the “Most Innovative SME Bank” award from International Finance Publications Ltd. BRAC Bank’s head of SME banking, Syed Abdul Momen, formally received the award from Sunil Bhat, director, International Finance, at the International Finance Awards 2018, held at Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on...
Member News: IDB Invest Increases Credit to SMEs in Panama
SME Finance mMember, IDB Invest, the private sector institution of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group signed a loan of up to $29.25 million with Metrobank of Panama to increase financing to SMEs. The loan will improve the access of Panamanian SMEs to financial products and services. Furthermore, IDB Invest will facilitate a training...
Member News: Fidor Partners with Finn AI to Launch a New AI-powered Chatbot for Banks
SME Finance Forum member, Fidor, announced a new banking chatbot, designed in collaboration with Finn AI, the world’s leading AI-powered conversational banking technology provider. With this development, Fidor has distinguished themself as one of the first digital banking service providers to embed a virtual assistant within their technology stack...
Member News: EIF Helps Baltic Small Businesses Meet Their High-Growth Potential
SME Finance Forum member, The EIB Group, is committing resources from the Baltic Innovation Fund, a Fund-of-Fund initiative launched with the Governments of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in order to boost equity investments made into Baltic small and medium businesses with high growth potential. “We are pleased with the successful completion of...
Member News: Strands Reveals Industry-First Insights Generator
SME Finance Forum member, Strands, launched a new generation of Engager, an implementation that transforms every interaction into a guided and meaningful conversation, transforming complex data into relevant customer insights and added-value solutions in real time. Engager 2.0. offers a novel way to engage with users on a new level –benefiting...