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Jun
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12:30

Financial inclusion of SMEs for growth and job creation

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How can increased access to finance benefit SMEs? What reforms are needed to encourage SME financial inclusion?

June 21, 2019, 12:30 pm Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Public | On the Record Livestreamed Topic: Global Economics & Governance

At this event we will look at how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) financial inclusion is at the core of the economic diversification, growth, and job creation challenges many countries are facing.

This event will feature the presentation of Financial inclusion of SMEs in the Middle East and Central Asia, a recent paper by the IMF, which discusses the macroeconomic benefits that could stem from improved access to finance for SMEs in these two regions, which lag behind other regions when it comes to SME access to finance. It also highlights the range of reforms needed to unlock SME financial inclusion—from macro-financial conditions and public sector size, to institutional and regulatory issues related to competition, credit information, property rights and solvency frameworks.

The event will be livestreamed on this page. There is no need to register for the livestream.

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Schedule

Jun 21, 2019

12:30-13:00

Check-in and lunch

13:00-13:05

Welcome

Guntram B. Wolff, Director

13:05-13:15

Presentation of report

Anta Ndoye, Economist, IMF

13:15-14:15

Panel discussion

Chair: Zsolt Darvas, Senior Fellow

Jihad Azour, Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF

Bruno Balvanera, Managing Director Central Asia, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Barbara Marchitto, Head of Country and Financial Sector Analysis Division, European Investment Bank (EIB)

14:15-14:30

Q&A

14:30

End

Speakers

Jihad Azour

Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF

Bruno Balvanera

Managing Director Central Asia, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Zsolt Darvas

Senior Fellow

Barbara Marchitto

Head of Country and Financial Sector Analysis Division, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Anta Ndoye

Economist, IMF

Guntram B. Wolff

Director

Location & Contact

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

Matilda Sevon

matilda.sevon@bruegel.org

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