MEDIA ADVISORY: Release of the IMF Departmental Paper on Scaling up Access to Finance for Small and Medium Enterprise in the Middle East and North Africa
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
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will launch its departmental paper entitled Scaling up Access to Finance for SMEs in MENA in a seminar which will take placeat 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 MENAP, 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.
The event is webcast live here
When: February 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: American University in Cairo, Tahrir campus
What: Panel discussion and Q&A
- Opening remarks by Dean Sherif Kamel, AUC School of Business
- Panel Moderated by Jihad Azour, IMF Director of Middle East and Central Asia Department
- Presentation by Nicolas Blancher, IMF Advisor
- Tarek Amer, Central Bank Governor, Egypt
- Holger Wiefel, Regional Head for SME F&D, EBRD
- Ibrahim Al Badawi, Director, ERF
- Dante Campioni, CEO, Alex Bank
- Sam Quawasmi, CEO of Eureeca
Documents and related material to be placed under embargo until February 12, 10:00 a.m. Cairo time (3:00 a.m. DC time):
- IMF departmental Paper
Documents will be placed under embargo on Sunday, February 10, 12:00 a.m. DC time, February 11, 7:00 a.m. Cairo time.
IMF Press Center( presscenter.IMF.org). Registration and login for the IMF Press Center: http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/imfmbc/index.asp
Attendance: The event is open for press by invitation only
Media contact: Randa Elnagar relnagar@IMF.org
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