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According to expert reports, agriculture sector in Africa is the least productive in the world. Small-scale and subsistence farmers, pastoralists, and fishermen produce most of the food consumed in this region, yet they continue to face a number of challenges. Lack of capital for investment contributes significantly to the lowering of small scale farmers’ productivity levels.
How can formal financial institutions provide agricultural credit that meets the unique demands of the entire agricultural?
The main objective of this session is to share the key results and insights of a study commissioned by the BCEAO and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoppers (PwC). This study assessed the maturity of the Digital Financial Services (DFS) market in the WAEMU zone (West African Economic and Monetary Union ) and is part of the ambitious DFS Interoperability project led by the subregional central bank (BCEAO).
You are kindly invited to this webinar session to be held in French, with live interpretation in English.
In this webinar, we will hear from JumiaPay, an online marketplace in Africa, M-Pesa/VodafoneTanzania, leaders in mobile money and payments, as well as online payment platform Paystack, who are leading payment technology in this region.
Host: Matthew Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum
About the Speakers
Focusing on the needs of customers remains a challenge in Africa, according to the recent Savings and Retail Banking in Africa report published by the Scale2Save Programme this February. A partnership between WSBI and Mastercard Foundation, Scale2Save finds that WSBI member banks offer a variety of accounts as part of their drive to attract and satisfy customers.
About the webinar
The evolving approach of African insurers and regulators
In the spirit of friendly competition, each of the below five Finalists will present 7-minute ‘innovation pitches’ on driving inclusion and resilience for Savings Groups. Participants will be invited to share open and honest feedback on each innovation and will use digital polling to rate each pitch in live time and determine the overall winner of the Innovation Challenge. This is not-your-average Zoom webinar.
Session 3: COVID-19 and agri-SME finance
About the webinar
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated that “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented human and health crisis. The measures necessary to contain the virus have triggered an economic downturn. (...) The latest Global Financial Stability Report shows that the financial system has already felt a dramatic impact, and a further intensification of the crisis could affect global financial stability”.
SME lending is core to the global economy and one of the most competitive areas of fintech and alternative finance. With governments pouring billions into state-backed lending, what will the long term impact of BBLS and CBILS be?