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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: Xero to Provide Mental Health Support to Kiwi Small Businesses
SME Finance Forum member Xero, will be providing Kiwi small businesses with crucial mental health support through a new pilot programme called XAP. XAP or the Xero Assistance Programme will be available free of charge through Xero’s global provider, Benestar, and initially offered to 5,000 small business owners, their employees and their families...
SMEFF Member Portal
The members of the SME Finance Forum now have access to a member-only intranet available through our main website! On that new space, members can explore exclusive content such as event proceedings and tips from the experts. We strongly encourage our members to make use of both the mobile app and the intranet which are complimentary tools. The app...
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: Equity Bank in SME Advisory Deal with IFC
Reports say the IFC is offering technical advisory services to Equity Bank, an SME Finance Forum member, with the aim of helping the lender to better serve its base of small and medium-sized (SME) customers. “This is a banking advisory services project with Equity Bank Kenya Ltd and is designed to increase Equity Bank efficiency to serve its SME...
Members Only Webinars for 2019
Every month the SME Finance Forum organizes a webinar for its members. We invite industry experts from leading banks or innovative fintechs to talk about their approach to small business finance. Members can tune in to the webinars via WebEx or the phone. The webinars are designed to be interactive and we encourage members to ask questions and...
Member News: Nova Credit Founder Shares Finance Advice in Forbes 30 Under 30
Business Insider asked Forbes 30 Under 30 finance superstars to share their best career advice for young professionals. Loek Janssen, 29, cofounder and CTO of Nova Credit - a SME Finance Forum member - started for a Stanford graduate research project. It's gained rapid adoption since then. Now, the startup has raised $20 million to-date and is...
IFC, WEConnect International Partner to Boost Market Access for Women Entrepreneurs
WEConnect International, a global network of corporations committed to sourcing goods and services from women suppliers, signed an agreement to boost access to markets for women-owned small and medium enterprises in emerging markets. The agreement is IFC’s first active partnership supported by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative , or We-Fi...
Member News: QDB Launches The ‘Qatar National SME Definition’
SME Finance Forum member, Qatar Development Bank (QDB) launched the ‘SME Definition’ in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in addition to a SportsTech Accelerator in the Middle East and Africa region. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry and QDB worked together to provide a cohesive definition for SMEs. According to the...
IFC and Alipay Partner to Launch Inclusion Programme to Motivate Technology Leaders in Emerging Markets
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank and SME Finance Forum member, Ant Financial Services Group (Ant Financial), operator of Alipay, have collaborated to offer 10X1000 Tech for Inclusion Programme. The initiative is aimed to increase support for tech leaders working to eliminate poverty and provide basic...