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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.

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Study Talks Women and Venture Capital
IFC’s latest study shows that a more diverse panel of asset managers may be the key to bigger profits. Henriette Kolb, Head of IFC’s Gender Secretariat, said an ideal mix of at least 30 percent of women in an investment team can lead to substantially bigger yields for the company. BusinessWorld reports. “The median gender balanced fund...
Doing Business While Doing Good: CEOs Partner to Boost Inclusion
Eric Duflos, Director of the Office of the UNSGSA, wrote a blog titled "Doing Business While Doing Good: CEOs Partner to Boost Inclusion." Last month in Davos, at the invitation of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), the leaders of ten leading global companies...
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...
IFC has completed delivery of DigiLab to Cohort 1 in Latin America
About IFC DigiLab IFC DigiLab is Digital Transformation on Steroids and is our latest tool to support our clients in their digital transformation at scale. It is a program designed for small and mid sized financial institutions IFC DigiLab consists of a combination of face to face learning and networking events coupled with an online learning...
Disrupting Systems: Financing Africa’s Youth Entrepreneurs
On May 15-16, in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, 300 plus individuals from more than 175 institutions and 50 countries gathered at the Africa SME Finance Forum to discuss innovative solutions to promote access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. As a key supporter of the Forum, the Mastercard Foundation hosted a panel titled...
How Social Enterprises Can Avoid Three Impact Investor Red Flags
Villgro president PR Ganapathy has met with hundreds of early-stage social entrepreneurs – and he's noticed that they keep making the same mistakes when seeking impact investing. As part of NextBillion's “Survival Guide for Raising Capital” series, Ganapathy shares three essential tips to help entrepreneurs avoid some common red flags when...
Vietnamese SMEs: New Target for Foreign Investors
In the past, foreign investors only eyed large private companies or SOEs which were under equitization. But now, they also can see opportunities from SMEs, according to VietnamNet Bridge . In this article, the website details the efforts of investors who have visited Vietnam with an interest in conducting business with SMEs. Kim Ja Jum, deputy CEO...
Matias Núñez on SME Banking Innovation
Matias Núñez Castro is Executive Director for SMEs at Santander Mexico, having previously worked as regional director for SME Business. In 2016, Euromoney named Santander best bank in the world for small and medium-sized enterprises. According to the magazine, its strategy goes beyond lending, to address critical obstacles for SME growth. Matias...
The Risk Of Playing Alt Lending’s Rate Limbo
PYMNTS.com interviews Quick.me CEO Ola Okeshola on how the access to capital for small businesses has dried up significantly since the Great Recession. While the challenge is easy to pinpoint, the solutions are harder to find, as FinTechs serving SMBs aren’t just looking to answer a series of questions that the market is still learning how to ask...
Advancing financial inclusion in Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East
Of the 21 countries ranked in the 2015 Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) Report and Scorecard , no countries in Asia placed in the top 5 in the overall ranking. However, all of the FDIP Asian countries have demonstrated progress within at least one of the four dimensions of the 2015 Scorecard: country commitment, mobile capacity,...