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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. “200 million businesses worldwide need financing to...
JUMO Joins 150 Other Financial Institutions to Promote SME Finance
Washington, D.C. March 13, 2019 – JUMO 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 invest...
Member News: Brac Bank Provides Financial Services to the Unbanked
SME Finance Forum member, Brac Bank offers agent banking with plans to recruit 5,000 agents in the next five years. The idea was introduced 20-25 years ago, according to the article, however the service did not begin until five years ago. Customers who live in remote areas will now be able to access around the clock services at the agent banking...
Experts Join CREM and SMEDAN to Chart New Course for SME Funding in Nigeria
A business forum in Lagos, conducted by Centre for Research in Enterprise and Action in Management (CREM) examined the journey of SME funding in Nigeria. Noel Ihebuzor, Phd, Dean of CREM shared the factors inhibiting SMEs from receiving funds to grow. They include: Unfavourable government policy Improper implementation Accessibility obstacles...
Tunisia’s Equal Inheritance Law Could Boost Female Entrepreneurship
A law was proposed by Tunisia’s President, Beji Caid Essebsi, that equal inheritance be available for men and women. Tunisia would be the first country in the Arab world, according to the article to implement equal inheritance, which would result in financial inclusion for Tunisia women. Right now, “The inheritance law is a significant barrier for...
Member News: CBA Mobile App Lending Rises to Sh3 Million
The Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) now has the highest mobile phone loan, allowing their customers to borrow Sh3 million digitally. The Loop platform, received an upgrade and now allows customers to apply for loans. With default rates at less than ten percent, bank execs are more trusting to move in the direction of the mobile money movement.The...
Member News: Xero Alongside BNZ and Joy Business Academy, Launch Interactive Game for New SMEs
Thinking of starting your own business? An interactive game allows for new business owners to test the waters by creating their own business in a virtual world. “Every year SMEs are constrained through a combination of external pressures, lack of business experience and commercial acumen,” shared Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social...
Member News: ICICI Bank On-Boards Over 250 Corporates on Its Blockchain Platform for Trade Finance
SME Finance Forum member ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank by consolidated assets, announcee that it has successfully on-boarded over 250 corporates on its blockchain platform for domestic and international trade finance, the most by any bank in India. With this, leading Indian corporates, including ones from the ‘S&P BSE 100...
Member News: Xero, DBS to help SMEs Simplify Bill Payments
SME Finance Forum member Xero, along with DBS, have expanded their partnership to help SMEs simplify bill payments by launching an industry-first online payments solution to help start-ups and SMEs manage their cashflow needs better. The DBS-Xero payment solution addresses payment problems among SMEs caused by finance-related concerns such as cash...
Uganda: New Law to Allow Movable Assets as Collateral
Access to affordable credit is one of the biggest challenges Uganda is facing, which if not addressed, could hinder the country from attaining a middle status target by 2020. Experts say only 20 per cent of Ugandans own land titles which are majorly used as collateral and the 80 per cent of population have been excluded from accessing credit...