Global SME Finance Forum 2021 is Open for Registration!

Global SME Finance Forum 2021 is Open for Registration!

Theme: Greening SME Finance 

Date: October 18th to 21st


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The Global SME Finance Forum is the largest, most technically in-depth, and geographically diverse conference on SME financing hosted around the world each year. Last year, as COVID-19 ushered the world unexpectedly, we decided to move our panels online and build a virtual community. Our event attracted over 2600 registrations from 1000+ commercial banks, development finance institutions, fintech companies, and regulators from 150+ countries, which broke our record for the number of registrations. This year, though we are still apart, we aim to build an even larger community while keeping everyone safe. Therefore, we decided to continue to hold our annual conference virtually.    

The virtual edition of the 2021 Global SME Finance Forum will be held over four consecutive days on October 18-21, 2021. This year, the conference will convene global thought leaders, climate finance advocators, leading experts, and practitioners in the field of SME finance to share their visions, insights, and experiences in promoting green finance for SMEs. In addition to the in-depth discussion of how green finance would influence the development of agrifinance, supply chain finance, and tourism, the conference will also include special regional sessions focusing primarily on the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.

The 4-day conference will use the latest technology to emulate the in-person experience, providing for one-on-one networking, sponsors booths, breakout sessions, fireside chats, and panel discussions, as well as the recognition of the 2021 Global SME Finance Awards winners. By going virtual, we can also offer on-demand content for those who cannot attend the sessions live due to work or personal commitments. 

By organizing virtual COVID-19 Roundtables, Member Spotlights, and Monthly Webinars throughout the past year, we have demonstrated that we are adapting to the current circumstances, going from one webinar/month to more than once per week, and at the same time significantly expanding our website content for both members and the general public. During this year’s event, we’ll continue to provide you with the same high standard of SME finance knowledge sharing and networking you’re accustomed to from the SME Finance Forum – from the comfort of your own home.  

We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Global SME Finance Forum 18-21 October. Please join us for a new and exciting digital journey.  

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Members, Partners, Media and World Bank/IFC staff will receive the invitation via email with a dedicated link and special code to register for free.

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Previous Conferences

2020 - Virtual Edition - SME Finance Outlook 2030

2019 - Amsterdam - The Convergence of the Real and Financial Sectors in SME Finance

2018 - Madrid -  Reaching the Informal: the Role of Finance in Improving the Growth and Productivity of SMEs

2018 - Regional (Kenya) - Harnessing Innovation

2017 - Berlin - Digitization of SME Finance

2016 - China - Emerging Trends that Impact Small Business Finance

2015 - Turkey - Partnerships and Innovation for SME Finance


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