Every day the Global SME Finance Forum brings opportunities to help SMES grow around the globe. The Global SME Finance Forum is a 3-day event filled with networking opportunities from keynotes to dinner and marketplace. You will meet new people and make new connections that can lead to partnerships. You will discover the latest fintech innovations and good practice in SME banking and non-financial services from local institutions.
GLOBAL SME FINANCE FORUM 2019
The Convergence of the Real and Financial Sectors in SME Finance
Preliminary Program - August 16th, 2019
Increasingly, the largest and/or fastest growing SME financiers globally did not start out as banks. Whether from tech companies, logistics firms, commodities traders or even Fast-Moving Consumer Goods distributors, competition from the real sector is gaining traction in the SME segment. The real sector firms come into SME financing armed with substantial data resources and analytical skills. How is the traditional financial sector going to deal with this? Is it all threat, or is there also an opportunity from these new entrants? This year’s Global SME Finance Forum will examine the different ways in which the real sector has entered the SME finance space, and the various ways in which financiers and regulators are coping with the “new kids on the block.”
An eye-opening presentation on how technologies and innovation are accelerating convergence of the real and financial sectors in the SME finance ecosystem.
A session exploring how constraints to access to finance for SMEs since the 2008 financial crisis coupled with the emergence of fintech and ecommerce platforms from the real sector are changing the landscape for IFIs and DFIs as they continue to support the financial inclusion agenda through new and developing modalities.
Leaders from Accion, AntFinancial/Mybank, Mastercard, and Unilever will discuss partnerships that matter, how they work and whether they have achieved their intended results and impact and thoughts on better and more impactful partnerships.
Will tech giants and other real sector firms replace traditional banks and financial institutions? Are they competitors or collaborators? No matter what you think going into this session, you will come away with greater insight and thoughts to decide for yourself on these questions.
Panelists will discuss whether real sector and technology companies can address the needs of the unserved and underserved SMEs, and if so, what are the challenges and opportunities, issues of regulation and how they view working with (or not) traditional financial institutions.
Examining the role of tech firms in financial services, this session will touch on the role of tech firms in SME finance – should and how should they be regulated? Will they replace traditional financial services? Are they competitors or collaborators?
The first green bond was issued in 2007. However, since 2014 the market has exploded. This session regarding climate finance, will present the reasons for the continued growth and success of green bonds.
This session will highlight some of the new partnerships and products impacting financing for SMEs including the impact of digitalization of payments and its impact on liquidity enabling small firms to work with big companies.
This session will showcase and disseminate the latest good practice and guidance material to enhance AML/CFT capabilities.
Keynote Speach by Dr. Justo Ortiz, Chairman Union Bank of the Philippines
Giving the floor to a curated selection of FinTechs for 6 minutes pitches.
Find what you are looking for or offer a service yourself, by scheduling 15-minute one-on-one introductory meetings with a curated set of vendors as well as other Forum attendees. This session is dedicated to making sure that you get to meet and talk to the people and institutions with whom you want to make an investment, discuss a partnership, discuss your offering.
Announcing the winners of the Global SME Finance Awards 2019 which recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering exceptional products and services to their SME clients.
Learn about this global initiative by Goldman Sachs Foundation that provides women-led business owners around the world with a face-to-face business education program that has enabled over 10,000 women a sustained business growth.
Regulators and key industry players will discuss how policy and regulation can ensure a level playing field for all actors. Topics of discussion will include whether regulations should be proportionality and institution-based, or activity-based and how to strike the right balance that doesn’t stifle the market and facilitates a level playing field for all players.
Exploring the changes in supply chain finance management, this session focuses on how these changes have transformed SCF through the application of technology and how SCF can be digitized.
This panel would explore how banks use new digital technologies to improve access to finance for their existing and new clients and how digital platforms link physical trade with financing.
This session will address questions of increasing the take up of insurance and increased risk mitigation and how the various stakeholders of banks, lenders, insurers and SME groups work more closely together.
Participating banks will share their journey and perspectives on critical points such as cultural and organizational alignment, incentives, data, distribution strategy and realizing the business case.
This session offers the perspective of leading banks across several regions on key factors influencing their SME banking strategy and will include lessons from recent innovations, emerging opportunities and changing market forces.
This session is intended to highlight how a range of actors are enabling access to finance for women-led enterprises for and through real-sector organizations by leveraging technology and supply chain actors.
This session will focus on how leveraging technology is critical to providing insurance solutions for SMEs, and what lessons can be learned to make insurance more accessible, affordable and appropriate to the needs of SMEs.
Panelists will share how their institutions are leveraging technologies to target SMEs in the long tail of the supply chain and their biggest challenges in working with suppliers and retailers in the long tail of the value chain.
This session will focus on how financial institutions can leverage BaaS to compete and grow by expanding access to finance and financial services to MSMEs, how adoption is uneven across the globe and what the prospects are for the future development of BaaS.
A lively conversation between a commercial bank, a regulator and an alternative lender as they explore the tradeoffs between data privacy/consumer protection/cybersecurity and the potential of data in advancing innovation to enhance access to finance for MSMEs.
Learning best practices from highly respected peers: fintech innovations and good practices in SME banking and non-financial services from local financial institutions.
The SME Finance Forum's study visits are an integral part of the peer learning opportunities offered to our members. Whether you are looking to expand your SME lending, in the nascent stage of your SME lending, or just thinking about starting SME lending, study visits offer the opportunity to learn best practices from highly respected peers.
During the visits organized in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities, you will have the opportunity to learn about the latest fintech innovations and good practice in SME banking and non-financial services from local institutions.
Registration is open now! Please read the instructions on how to register here.
Meet the people who matter to you
We have structured the Global SME Finance Forum event to make easy for you to connect with influential speakers, sponsors and exhibitors that our event brings together.
This year we have a dedicated networking space available throughout the event and we are using a smart matchmaking tool called BRELLA. The app will be launched on September 23rd!