The Covid-19 outbreak means SMEs face extraordinarily challenging times. The risks posed to small- and medium-sized businesses require swift government response and measures to ensure sufficient support to SME financing.
This edition of WSBI-ESBG Spotlight featured guest speaker Matthew Gamser from the SME Finance Forum, who shed light on the current situation of SMEs worldwide as well as on the impact and policy responses in support of SMEs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Free of charge and will be held in English, webinar participants received a Webex meeting confirmation containing the meeting password and instructions for joining the webinar.
Questions for the speaker
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Programme: (All times GMT +2, Brussels time)
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The SME Finance Forum was established in 2012 by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) as a knowledge center for data, research and best practice in promoting SME finance. As an implementing partner for the GPFI, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) was tasked with managing the initiative.
The SME Finance Forum works to expand access to finance for small- and medium-sized businesses. The forum operates a global membership network that brings together financial institutions, technology companies, and development finance institutions to share knowledge, spur innovation, and promote the growth of SMEs.
Matthew Gamser serves as chief executive of the SME Finance Forum. With more than 35 years’ experience in private enterprise and financial sector development, Gamser has worked for IFC for 10 years in various positions, including heading the advisory services for the financial sector in East Asia-Pacific. Prior to IFC he worked for 25 years in the private sector in management consulting and technology/small scale industry development. He holds A.B. and A.M. degrees from Harvard University, and M.Sc. and D.Phil degrees from Sussex University (United Kingdom), where his work focused on the management of technological change.