Why attend

Digitalization transforms businesses, reduces costs, automates processes, and brings down the reliance on manpower. In the financial industry sector, it helps reduce the high risk traditionally associated with financing small businesses, through technologies such as real-time data collection and machine learning. 

In partnership with the National Bank of Cambodia, the SME Finance Forum is hosting the 9th Global SME Finance Forum. This year’s event will focus on the power of digital transformation in promoting inclusive, sustainable, and responsible finance for MSMEs, the backbone of the world’s economies. 

Taking place on September 19-21 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the three-day conference will explore how digitalization can promote and accelerate green finance, enhance supply-chain efficiencies, improve data security, automate processes, while also lead to a greater financial inclusion.  

 Join us on site to connect with an international network of SME finance experts and practitioners to share and learn from each other’s experience in SME financing in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. 

Meet Industry leaders
Make partnerships
Learn from peers
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September 19

Registration Open

  • In-Person Activity
September 19

SME Finance Forum Member’s Meeting

  • By invitation only
September 19

Lunch

  • In-Person Activity
September 19

Study Tours

Acleda Bank, Cambodia Post Bank, Credit Bureau of Cambodia, Hatha Bank, and WING Bank

  • In-Person Activity
September 19

Opening Cocktail Reception and Cultural Presentation

Visit to Sosoro Museum and Reception by NBC

  • In-Person Activity
September 20

Registration Open

  • In-Person Activity
September 20

Welcome Remarks

  • Event Opening
September 20

Opening Remarks

H.E. Chea Chanto, Governor, NBC

  • Event Opening
September 20

Opening Keynote: Finance for an Equitable Recovery

The Digital Revolution is firmly in progress and while there seem to be endless opportunities that further financial inclusion and support for SMEs across all sectors and industries, there is a darker side as well, that must be acknowledged and addressed, among other things, the digital divide which leads to unintended negative consequences.

  • Keynote
September 20

Plenary Panel: Transforming Supply Chain Finance through Digitalization

What tools are being used currently and are on the horizon, and how are they being used to expand financial access? An exploration of big data, analytics, AI, etc, while exploring whether to partner or build capacity internally.

  • Plenary
September 20

Networking Break

  • In-Person Activity
September 20

Plenary Panel: Agricultural Digitalization

How can digital solutions help to reduce the traditionally high risks of agri-finance? How can digital technologies help lenders to better reach remote rural areas? A discussion of the state of digitization in the agri-finance sector.

  • Plenary
September 20

Plenary Panel: Results from the Global SME Fund

  • Plenary
September 20

Lunch + Informal Networking

  • In-Person Activity
September 20

Debate: Process of Digitalization – In-house or Outsourcing?

Will machines replace bankers? Will digitalization result in more FIs competing for SME business, or fewer?  Join us for a lively session where these questions or other aspects of the digitalization agenda will be debated, providing attendees with insight into the pros and cons that can inform their work within their own financial institutions. 

  • Debate
September 20

TechPitch Showcase

  • In-Person Activity
September 20

Networking Lounge

  • In-Person Activity
September 20

Break

  • Break
September 20

Breakout Session 2: Credit Bureaus Leveraging Digitalization

Credit bureaus face a huge challenge in building a fully digitized process. What can they do to get ahead of demand for digital services?

  • Breakout Session
September 20

Breakout Session 3: DFIs working session

  • Breakout Session
September 20

Breakout Session 1: Banking the Informal Sector

How can the digital revolution aid in reaching and serving previously underserved populations, such as environmental and conflict affected migrants and refugees and IDPs? 

  • Breakout Session
September 20

Awards Ceremony

  • Global Awards
September 20

Dinner

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

Registration

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

Welcome and Day 1 Recap

  • Event Opening
September 21

Plenary: Government Response: balancing acts

What role does the government or the central bank play in ensuring an equitable, fair and transparent playing field for SMEs while advancing digitalization? An exploration of policy and regulation vis-à-vis credit guarantees, legislative reforms, Credit Infrastructure and more.

  • Plenary
September 21

Plenary: Achieving and Sustaining Green Finance

Digitalization offers an opportunity to accelerate the green revolution. Under the moniker, the Twin Transition, this will be an exploration of how FIs are realizing their green banking targets through the use of digital tools.

  • Plenary
September 21

Breakout Session 1: Digital Native Entrepreneurs

What are the opportunities and challenges in serving youth who tend to be digital natives and receptive to non-traditional financing models?

  • Breakout Session
September 21

Breakout Session 3: Digitalization for ESG Impact Measurement in SME Finance

How can SMEs measure and use their ESG results to unlock greater opportunities for growth and   securing financing?

  • Breakout Session
September 21

Breakout Session 2: Digital currencies, distributed ledgers and the future of SME Financing

What are some of the latest innovations, products and models that are trending for serving the SME segment? 

  • Breakout Session
September 21

Lunch

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

Networking Lounge

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

TechPitch Showcase

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

Break

  • Break
September 21

Plenary: Leveraging Digital Innovations for Women Entrepreneurs

How can digitalization facilitate innovative and effective products and solutions so that more women entrepreneurs become better and more deeply “banked”?

September 21

Closing Keynote: The Way Forward in a World on the Move

Looking at trends in digitalization and technology, SME finance practitioners and stakeholders opine on the “bets” they are making for their SME clients.

  • Event Closing
September 21

Closing Remarks

  • Event Closing
September 21

Closing Reception

  • Event Closing
September 22

Registration

  • In-Person Activity
September 22

Corporate Governance Training: Countering Trade-Based Money Laundering: A Primer

  • Post-event Training
September 22

GB-TAP Training: Green Bonds

  • Post-event Training
September 22

Responsible Finance Training: Responsible Finance and Technology

Technology in green and inclusive finance like Internet of Things, 5G bandwidth, Big Data, blockchain, AI and machine learning offers innovative solutions to promote sustainable and responsible finance and investment in contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.  Including Cyber risk: With the ever-increasing amount of digital data and use of digital tools, cyber defense is not enough. An exploration of the need for greater cyber resilience to ensure business continuity.

  • Post-event Training
September 23

GB-TAB Training: Green Bonds

  • Post-event Training

Closing Remarks

Plenary: Leveraging Digital Innovations for Women Entrepreneurs

Break

TechPitch Showcase

Breakout Session 1: Digital Native Entrepreneurs

Breakout Session 1: Banking the Informal Sector

Break

Networking Lounge

GB-TAB Training: Green Bonds

Registration

Responsible Finance Training: Responsible Finance and Technology

Corporate Governance Training: Countering Trade-Based Money Laundering: A Primer

GB-TAP Training: Green Bonds

Closing Reception

Closing Keynote: The Way Forward in a World on the Move

Networking Lounge

Plenary: Achieving and Sustaining Green Finance

Lunch

Breakout Session 3: Digitalization for ESG Impact Measurement in SME Finance

Breakout Session 2: Digital currencies, distributed ledgers and the future of SME Financing

Plenary: Government Response: balancing acts

Welcome and Day 1 Recap

Registration

Dinner

Awards Ceremony

Breakout Session 3: DFIs working session

Breakout Session 2: Credit Bureaus Leveraging Digitalization

TechPitch Showcase

Debate: Process of Digitalization – In-house or Outsourcing?

Lunch + Informal Networking

Plenary Panel: Results from the Global SME Fund

Plenary Panel: Agricultural Digitalization

Networking Break

Plenary Panel: Transforming Supply Chain Finance through Digitalization

Opening Keynote: Finance for an Equitable Recovery

Opening Remarks

Welcome Remarks

Registration Open

Opening Cocktail Reception and Cultural Presentation

Study Tours

Lunch

SME Finance Forum Member’s Meeting

Registration Open

Accommodations

You can book your accommodations through this link to benefit from the discount we negotiated with Hyatt where the conference will take place:

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/PNHRP/G-IFC1

 

HYATT REGENCY PHNOM PENH

#55 Street 178 Sangkat Chey Chumnas,

Khan Doun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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For most visitors to Cambodia, visa is obtainable upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport. At land crossing from Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, visa can be obtained at International Check Point border. 

Tourists also can get their visas prior to their arrival through a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate overseas or through online E-Visa before travelling.

Some nationalities are required to get visa in advance at Royal Embassy of Kingdom of Cambodia in their country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Nigeria.

If you need help with visa letter, we would be happy to assist. Please reach out to the team through email at smefinanceforum@ifc.org

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