Supply Chain Finance (SCF) is an effective solution to extend access to finance to small businesses by developing a technology-driven low-risk product aimed to channel liquidity to the strategically important value chains. Automated supply chain finance programs enable FIs to better assess, measure and manage risks of extending finance to SMEs thorough the transparency of the full value chain, and visibility of the commercial and financial relationships among the parties. In addition, credit and payment risk is decreased by shifting the focus from FI-SME relationship to a tri-party FI-anchor-SME relationship, hence leveraging the trade and payment between larger anchor and SME supplier / distributor. Supply Chain Finance has a strong potential to close the finance gap in developing countries, which per IFC estimates can reach up to ~20% of the total finance gap, i.e. over $1 trillion.
To extend awareness and increase knowledge about SCF in the countries of its operations, the International Finance Corporation, together with the SME Finance Forum, is organizing a training series, covering major areas important for building successful SCF programs for financial institutions, starting on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. EST for six weeks.
This is a regional event for Middle East and Africa members and IFC clients. Participants who attend the 6-week program will be issued a “certificate of attendance”. Read about the program here
Session 1. Supply Chain Finance Defined
On February 23rd, the first session will cover the foundations of SCF: definitions, working capital analysis, benefits of SCF for corporates, SMEs and FIs; outline of the SCF products and product mapping along the supply chain; practical implications of SCF (legal, risk, credit, pricing, collateral, capital adequacy / Basel III); trends, challenges and opportunities.
Program for Session 1
Why are we focusing on Working Capital (definitions, WC ratios, cash conversion cycle, DPO, DSO, DIO)?
Introducing Supply Chain Finance (definition, benefits for key stakeholders.
SCF products: product schemes/flows, benefits and risks, and product mapping along the supply chain; difference between SCF and conventional Corporate/SME finance.
Practical implications of SCF: legal, pricing, collateral, capital adequacy / Basel III.
Trends in the international market, future challenges and opportunities.
At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
Explain why both corporates and banks focus on working capital.
Define supply chain finance and the difference between loan-based and receivables purchase based SCF products.
Describe the relevance and benefit for both corporate bankers and SME bankers.
Steven van der Hooft
is the founder and CEO of Capital Chains (2015), a Dutch company specialising in consultancy and training on end-to-end working capital optimisation and financial supply chain management issues. Steven finished his Master’s degree in International Economics and Finance at Tilburg University (NL) and gained his experience in financial supply chain management through (consulting) roles at ING, Capgemini Consulting and Inchainge. Steven has nearly 15 years of working expertise in the area of supply chain finance and has been involved in the setup and roll out of working capital projects around the world. His current focus is on Supply Chain Finance (SCF) program design and implementation for both corporates and (non-bank) Financial Institutions. Recent projects include the introduction of FCIreverse, SCF implementation for SABIC, implementation of an SCF solution for Afreximbank, as well as many projects with IFC around the introduction and vendor selection for SCF solutions with regional banks in emerging countries. He is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences on Supply Chain Finance such as: SCFC Forum, BCR conferences, GTR and FCI. Steven is a father of three (young) sons and enjoys cooking and spending quality time with family and friends. He is also a sports fanatic with a long history in training and coaching field hockey.