How can increased access to finance benefit SMEs? What reforms are needed to encourage SME financial inclusion?
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.
Check-in and lunch
Guntram B. Wolff, Director
Presentation of report
Anta Ndoye, Economist, IMF
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)
Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF
Managing Director Central Asia, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Head of Country and Financial Sector Analysis Division, European Investment Bank (EIB)
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