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Training Series on Supply Chain Finance Innovation

30 March 2021
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Training Series on Supply Chain Finance Innovation
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 five weeks.
 
This is a regional event for Middle East and Africa members and IFC clients. Participants who attend the 5-week program will be issued a “certificate of attendance”.  
 
Training Program
The 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.
 
The session will take the participants through the full cycle of SCF program development: market size and business case, assessment of legal and regulatory environments, developing an operating model, selection and developing the product, selection and integration of technology platform, process mapping, sales and onboarding. Several case studies will be shared.
 
The session will highlight the key prerequisites for the legal, institutional and regulatory framework in the country, which should enable SCF, i.e. secured transaction law and underlying legislation, collateral registries, e-signature, e-invoicing, secure payment system. It will highlight the regulatory challenges that FIs may face in the countries of IFC operations in MEA. Register here: http://bit.ly/SCF-Mar9
 
The session will review the various technologies, surrounding SCF, including digital infrastructure (connectivity, payments, e-invoicing), standardization and interfaces (APIs, distributed data management, identity management and verification), analytics (big data and artificial intelligence), and platforms. Register here: http://bit.ly/SCF-Mar16
 
The session will do a deep dive into the SCF Platforms, i.e. describe typology and functionality pf the SCF platforms (SaaS, licensed, internally developed, cloud, on-premises, etc.), selection and RFP process and highlight the key considerations in selecting SCF technology partner.  Register here: http://bit.ly/SCF-Mar23
 
The session will go over the other types of technologies supporting SCF development, e.g. customer acquisition and engagement, credit decisioning and instruments, processing and collection. Register here: http://bit.ly/SCF-Mar30
 
 
For more information, please contact Aksinya Sorokina at asorokina1@ifc.org or send us an email to smefinanceforum@ifc.org
 
 
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