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 C0vid-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

  • In-Person Activity
September 19

Opening Cocktail Reception and Cultural Presentation

  • In-Person Activity
September 20

Registration Open

  • In-Person Activity
September 20

Welcome and Opening

  • Event Opening
September 20

Opening Remarks

  • 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 + networking

  • In-Person Activity
September 20

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

  • Debate
September 20

Fintech Pitches

  • In-Person Activity
September 20

Breakout Session 1: Increasing opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs through Digitalization

How can digitalization facilitate innovative and effective products and solutions so that they become better and more deeply “banked?"

  • Breakout Session
September 20

Breakout Session 2: Role of digital transformation in Reaching the Underserved

How can the digital revolution aid in reaching and serving previously underserved populations, such as environmental and conflict affected migrants and refugees, and IDPs? What are the challenges and opportunities of digitalization to serve these environmental and conflict affected people?

  • 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

Anchor Plenary: Responsible Finance and Digitalization

While digitalization offers convenience and can accelerate access to finance, it can also lead to issues and challenges, ranging from privacy to over-indebtedness. How can the benefits of digitalization be leveraged while mitigating and avoiding the downside of this revolution while promoting sustainable and responsible finance and investment in contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.

  • Plenary
September 21

Breakout Session 1: 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 21

Breakout Session 2: What is the next payment innovation for SMEs?

What are some of the trends and innovations in payments that are facilitating greater financial inclusion, and that are enabling SMEs to grow their businesses?

  • Breakout Session
September 21

Breakout Session 3: ESG Impact Measurement in SME Finance and the Role of Digitalization

  • Breakout Session
September 21

Networking and Marketplace

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

Lunch

  • In-Person Activity
September 21

Anchor 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

Break

  • Break
September 21

Fireside Chat: 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? An exploration of policy and regulation vis-à-vis credit guarantees, legislative reforms, Credit Infrastructure and more.

  • Fireside Chat
September 21

Plenary Panel: 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.

  • Plenary
September 21

Closing Keynote

Featuring a futurist speaker to discuss “What’s the next frontier in the digital sphere.”

  • Event Closing
September 21

Closing Reception

  • Event Closing

Closing Reception

Closing Keynote

Plenary Panel: The Way Forward in a World on the Move

Fireside Chat: Government Response: Balancing Acts

Break

Anchor Plenary: Achieving and Sustaining Green Finance

Lunch

Networking and Marketplace

Breakout Session 1: Credit Bureaus Leveraging Digitalization

Breakout Session 2: What is the next payment innovation for SMEs?

Breakout Session 3: ESG Impact Measurement in SME Finance and the Role of Digitalization

Anchor Plenary: Responsible Finance and Digitalization

Welcome and Day 1 Recap

Registration

Dinner

Awards Ceremony

Breakout Session 1: Increasing opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs through Digitalization

Breakout Session 2: Role of digital transformation in Reaching the Underserved

Fintech Pitches

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

Lunch + 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 and Opening

Registration Open

Opening Cocktail Reception and Cultural Presentation

Study Tours

Lunch

SME Finance Forum Member’s Meeting

Registration Open

Travelling Tips

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

Testimonials

CEO

FinDev Canada

It's such a fantastic opportunity to surface new issues, bring in expert perspectives from really around the world

Executive Officer & RM-MSME

Prime Bank Limited

This forum is an excellent platform to know the unknown and make new friends all over the world. It helps to share our knowledge and new ideas so that it helps to do better in the organization and develop our personal skills...

Senior Vice President, Regulation and Public Policy

Experian 

The SME finance Forum is a very good way of communicating with our potential clients and government leaders

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