Washington D.C., May 13th – Ghazanfar Bank joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of our global membership network. Our members are SME financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation.
“When we started in 2012, we were in an exploratory phase for the first few years. Since 2016, we’ve been implementing our mission to build a global membership to support better SME financing, and since then, we’ve established a network with over 240 active member institutions, which operate in over 190 countries sharing the common purpose of helping under-served enterprises.
We are delighted to welcome Ghazanfar Bank to further grow our mission.” said Matthew Gamser, CEO of the SME Finance Forum.
Ghazanfar Bank is a commercial bank based in Afghanistan and affiliated with Ghazanfar Group, one of the leading business groups in the country. It offers key financial services both under conventional and Islamic banking.
"By joining the SME Finance Forum, we hope to share knowledge and experience with other market players, learn about alternative ways to do traditional asset-based lending and expand our network among other financial institutions working with SMEs’’ said Hakimullah Hazif Kofi, CCO of Ghazanfar Bank.
About SME Finance Forum
The SME Finance Forum was established by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in 2012 as a knowledge center for data, research, and best practice in promoting SME finance. As an implementing partner for the GPFI, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) was tasked with managing the initiative. The Forum operates a global membership network of +240 members that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs.
To see all SME Finance Forum members, please visit: https://www.smefinanceforum.org/members/member-list
About Ghazanfar Bank
Ghazanfar is a commercial bank based in Afghanistan and affiliated with Ghazanfar Group, one of the leading business groups in the country. It offers key financial services both under conventional and Islamic banking.
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