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Date: 29/04/2020 - 29/04/2020
Location: Online webinar


Discussion with Matthew Gamser​, ​CEO of the SME Finance Forum

Online webinar

29 April 2020 | 15:00 GMT +2​ (Brussels time)


In the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, SMEs are facing extraordinarily challenging times. ​The risks posed to small and medium businesses require swift government response and measures to ensure sufficient support to SME financing.

The guest speaker of the first online WSBI-ESBG Spotlight session, Matthew Gamser from the SME Finance Forum, will shed light on the current situation ​​of SMEs worldwide as well as on​ the impact and policy responses in support of SMEs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic​.

​This webinar is free of charge and will be held in English. Once you have registered, you will receive a Webex meeting confirmation containing the meeting password and instructions for joining the webinar.

Do you have questions for the speaker?

Please submit your questions at using the event code #47092


15:00 Presentation by Matthew Gamser
15:30 Q&As
15:45 End of the webinar


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About SME Finance Forum

The SME Finance Forum was established by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in 2012 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 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 is CEO of the SME Finance Forum. He has over 35 years’ experience in private enterprise and financial sector development. He has worked for IFC for 10 years in various positions, including heading the advisory services for​ the financial sector in East Asia-Pacific (from Hong Kong). 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 (UK), where his work focused on the management of technological change.