Access to Finance for Small and Medium Enterprises 

Cairo, Egypt

February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019

A departmental paper entitled Financial Inclusion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Middle East and Central Asia will be launched in a seminar at the American University in Cairo, Tahrir campus. The Event is co-hosted by the American University in Cairo, the Economic Research Forum, and the IMF.

Discussions will focus on how small and medium-sized enterprise financial inclusion is at the core of the economic diversification, growth, and job creation challenges many countries are facing. This is especially pertinent in the Middle East and North Africa and Pakistan, which lags behind other regions when it comes to SME access to finance. The paper aims to highlight the macroeconomic relevance of this issue and calls for a holistic approach to financial inclusion strategies.

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Agenda

Opening Remarks Dean Sherif Kamel, AUC School of Business
Presentation on IMF Findings Nicolas Blancher, Advisor, IMF Middle East and Central Asia Dept.
Panel Discussion

Moderator
Jihad Azour, Director, IMF Middle East and Central Asia Dept.


Speakers
:
  • Gamal Negm, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Egypt
  • Holger Wiefel Regional Head SME Finance & Development, EBRD
  • Ibrahim Al Badawi, Managing Director, Economic Resarch Forum 
  • Dante Campioni, CEO, Alex Bank
  • Sam Quawasmi, CEO, Eureeca
Questions and Answers
Moderator
Jihad Azour, Director, IMF Middle East and Central Asia Dept.