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We are proud to share that our member HPD LendScape has partnered with Emirates Development Bank (EDB) to launch UAE’s National Supply Chain Finance (SCF) platform. This initiative will offer UAE businesses improved access to working capital, particularly as they cope with the added pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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Fyndoo is the name of a lending ecosystem, a cloud technology stack developed and owned and by our member, Topicus. They make financing accessible, efficient and transparent for all parties involved and connect financers, entrepreneurs and advisors with their cloud-based business lending platform. Lack of access to lending is a challenge for...
4 Lessons for Bank Executives from Uber and Amazon on Customer Experience
Businesses such as Amazon and Uber have created successful customer experience models. In this blog, the author shares his common denominators that the financial industry should pay close attention to 1. Be customer experience obsessed. A study found that 68% of millennials have stopped doing business with a brand due to a single poor customer...
Can Online Dispute Resolution Change the Way Global MSMEs Do Business?
While alternative dispute resolution has exploded in popularity for larger businesses, it hasn’t found its way to the MSME community. As a friend in the arbitration business said recently, “micro businesses couldn’t afford the coffee at most arbitration centers.” But the emerging field of online dispute resolution, or ODR, promises to change the...
Blockchain’s Influence on the Insurance Industry
Medici examines the potential blockchain can have on the insurance industry. According to the article, blockchain is the answer to various stress-points throughout the insurance value chain. Areas where blockchain applications are being developed include: claims management and verification, new product and platform development, and record keeping...
Solving the SME AML De-Risking Burden Using the Blockchain
SMEs that must be de-risked are experiencing issues with access to finance, however blockchain may be the answer to their problem. Dubai-Based Global Anti-Money Laundering, Risk, Governance and Compliance Professional, Maureen M., explores the benefits of blockchain and their ability to transform how SMEs are perceived by financial institutions (...
Central Bank of Nigeria Emphasizes Increase for Credit Culture for SMEs
During a workshop for SMEs, hosted by the Bankers’ Committee, Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Senior Manager for the Development Finance Department, Chinedu Zephaniah shared that poor business habits and fragile financial systems have made it complicated to support SMEs. “At the moment, we have disbursed N170 billion to support SMEs but the...
How SMEs Can Win The Battle For Positive Cash Flow
SME expert and Forbes contributor Elaine Polfeldt provides tips and tools to help SMEs beat the odds of financial downfall within the first and fifth year of business. Polfedt, says making a financial plan in advance to prevent unfavorable results is key. She mentions utilizing financial software tools such as, Quickbooks, PayPie and Xero (a SME...
Building Financial Discipline at an SME
Dev Raman, Managing Partner at Lastaki shares how to make the many moving parts to an SMEs financial area come together smoothly. Financial stability is key for SMEs, five tips on how to address financial indiscipline are below: Ensure strong fundamentals. Manage the predictability/margins trade-off optimally. Don’t buy turnover by using your...
Improving Basic Math Skills Among Microentrepreneurs in Rural India
As part of a study to identify whether basic math skills contribute to entrepreneurial success in rural India, Madura Microfinance conducted a study on the numerical capabilities of microentrepreneurs. Of the 198 microentrepreneurs surveyed, 85 percent had completed a tenth grade education or more. The test covered basic arithmetic operations with...
MES & DAK Bring Business to MSME
The Banker Africa features fintech developer MES & DAK Corporation, which is not targeting the big companies, but rather focusing on the micro SME (MSME) and SME sector to help bridge the $380 billion credit fiancing gap in the Africa and Middle East region for SMEs, and provide business and financial consultancy services thorough a mobile app...