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. 

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September 19

Registration Open

  • In-Person Activity
September 19

Lunch

  • In-Person Activity
September 19

SME Finance Forum Member’s Meeting

  • By invitation only
September 19

Opening Cocktail Reception and Cultural Presentation

Visit to Sosoro Museum and Reception by NBC

  • 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 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 for SMEs? An exploration of big data, analytics, AI, blockchain technologies, and the future of supply chain finance.

  • 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: Banking on SMEs: Driving Growth, Creating Jobs

SMEs face significantly more constraints than larger firms in accessing finance, particularly in emerging markets. This session will explore how increasing access to finance for SMEs contributes to creating jobs, especially for underserved segments, including women-owned SMEs, VSEs, or climate-smart SMEs. We will hear the perspectives of financial institutions and IFC, and share the insights and lessons learnt from a recent report on financing SMEs.

  • 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 2: 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 20

Breakout Session 3: DFIs RoundTable

Led by the UK’s BII and Nigeria’s DBN, this roundtable session will bring together SME Finance Forum DFI members and regional DFIs for a candid discussion of private sector capital mobilization strategies and how this relates to closing the SME finance gap using the contrasting approaches taken by domestic and international DFIs.

  • Breakout Session
September 20

Awards Ceremony

Announcing the winners of the Global SME Finance Awards 2022

  • Global Awards
September 20

Dinner

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

Registration

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

Welcome and Recap

Summary of Day 1

  • Event Opening
September 21

Keynote Address: Toward a Digital Economy: a view from Cambodia

  • Keynote
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: Credit Bureaus Leveraging Digitalization

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

  • Breakout Session
September 21

Breakout Session 2: 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”?

  • Breakout Session
September 21

Lunch

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

TechPitch Showcase

Short demonstration pitches by selected Fintechs

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

Networking Lounge

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

Break

  • Break
September 21

Plenary Panel: Digital Currencies, Distributed Ledgers and the Future of SME Financing

Is the future of SME payment infrastructure more centralized in a handful of efficient nodes, or more decentralized and driven by blockchain technology? Does programmable money have the potential to radically change how SME lenders and borrowers interact with each other?

September 21

Fireside Chat: 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

As global trade has grown in recent decades, so too has trade-related crime. Trade-based money laundering (TBML) is an increasingly significant way in which global trade is misused to launder illicit proceeds of crime. Financial institutions engaged in trade finance must be vigilant and implement TBML-specific control frameworks to protect their business from potential regulatory scrutiny and loss of correspondent bank relationships. This session will provide a trade finance practitioner-oriented primer of TBML related risks and controls based on international standards, including as defined by FATF and Wolfsberg Group.

  • Post-event Training
September 22

GB-TAP Training: Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds Executive Training

The GSS Bonds Executive Training is an exclusive program offered only to selected banks. The program is an IFC initiative under its GB-TAP. The training is designed to provide deep insight on GSS bonds issuance and the underlying drivers in sustainable finance. The program contains some classroom-based learning materials but will also contain more dynamic learning components such as guest speakers, case studies and interactive discussions.

This highly practical training is designed specifically for emerging market banks interested in issuing GSS bonds. The training will seek to strengthen the bank staff’s foundational skills in green and sustainable finance. Topics covered will also include the investor perspective, practicalities of GSS bonds issuance, reporting to investors, and use of second opinions, among others.

  • Post-event Training
September 22

Responsible Finance Training: Responsible Finance and Technology

Financial service providers have an important role to play in ensuring that digital financial services are delivered responsibly. Responsible practices build trust and confidence in both accessing and using digital financial services leading to greater financial inclusion particularly for underserved groups. Join us for this engaging workshop designed for senior leaders of financial institutions and fintechs who are seeking to grow and enhance their businesses through responsible finance strategies. The session covers why responsible finance matters and the business case for responsible digital finance including managing evolving digital finance risks and deepening relationships with customers. Selected case studies and tools will be presented that can help equip participants to refine their operations and better respond to customer needs in the evolving digital landscape.

  • Post-event Training
September 23

GB-TAP Training: Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds Executive Training

The GSS Bonds Executive Training is an exclusive program offered only to selected banks. The program is an IFC initiative under its GB-TAP. The training is designed to provide deep insight on GSS bonds issuance and the underlying drivers in sustainable finance. The program contains some classroom-based learning materials but will also contain more dynamic learning components such as guest speakers, case studies and interactive discussions.

This highly practical training is designed specifically for emerging market banks interested in issuing GSS bonds. The training will seek to strengthen the bank staff’s foundational skills in green and sustainable finance. Topics covered will also include the investor perspective, practicalities of GSS bonds issuance, reporting to investors, and use of second opinions, among others.

  • Post-event Training

Keynote Address: Toward a Digital Economy: a view from Cambodia

Closing Remarks

Plenary Panel: Digital Currencies, Distributed Ledgers and the Future of SME Financing

Break

TechPitch Showcase

Breakout Session 1: Digital Native Entrepreneurs

Breakout Session 3: DFIs RoundTable

Break

Networking Lounge

GB-TAP Training: Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds Executive Training

Registration

Responsible Finance Training: Responsible Finance and Technology

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

GB-TAP Training: Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds Executive Training

Closing Reception

Fireside Chat: The Way Forward in a World on the Move

Networking Lounge

Plenary: Achieving and Sustaining Green Finance

Lunch

Breakout Session 2: Leveraging Digital Innovations for Women Entrepreneurs

Breakout Session 3: Credit Bureaus Leveraging Digitalization

Plenary: Government Response: balancing acts

Welcome and Recap

Registration

Dinner

Awards Ceremony

Breakout Session 2: Digitalization for ESG Impact Measurement in SME Finance

Breakout Session 2: Credit Bureaus Leveraging Digitalization

TechPitch Showcase

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

Lunch + Informal Networking

Plenary Panel: Banking on SMEs: Driving Growth, Creating Jobs

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

Study Tours

Acleda Bank

Commercial Bank – first bank in Cambodia that assigned ratings by the top international ratings agencies and has the largest branch network to all provinces and towns in the country - all segments of the community in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar

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Cambodia Post Bank

Commercial bank – the fastest growing bank in Cambodia with full-fledged digital services and features that allows customers to access and manage financial needs easily and safely through their mobile phone - the Mass Market and SME segments

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Credit Bureau of Cambodia

Credit guarantee institution - leading provider of information, analytical tools and credit reporting services to organizations and consumers Cambodia – lenders and borrowers

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Hattha Bank

Commercial bank – provider of financial services, including mobile banking, interbank transfers, overdraft loan, payroll and insurance referral services – Cambodian people

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WING Bank

Commercial bank – provider of an array of advanced financial products, including loans, deposits, micro savings, credit referral services, money transfers, utility and insurance payments – individual and corporate customers in Cambodia

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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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