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Robert Zegers replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"big institutions like OLAM and Unilever are increasingly involved in value chain financing mechanisms for SMEs. some specialised banks like Rabobank are also doing the same. This method of finance is also developing.."
Oct 9, 2014
Robert Zegers replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"Nigeria is a big country.  the public sector institutions (development finance institutions) may not have always had the epected outreach and successfully. But private financial institutions that are active in Abudja and Lagos are increasingly…"
Oct 9, 2014
Robert Zegers replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"There are some institutions in Nigeria that do finance SMEs. LAPO is one of them; there are others as well. select the right institution and it may work.."
Oct 9, 2014
Robert Zegers replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"Fully agree. Guarantee schemes can be great, but need to be run privately. The nest contribution from the public sector is just provide some contribution, and second best is just to stay out of it.."
Oct 9, 2014
Robert Zegers replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"Facilitating good certified BDS services, simplifying the licencing requirements, establishing SME stock exchanges, creating legislation and facilitating the establishment of credit bureaus, simplifying and reducing tax payments for SMEs, supporting…"
Oct 9, 2014
Robert Zegers replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"almost everything can be leased. and is a good way to support SMEs without taking undue risk. Although some countries have limitations on recuperating the asset in case the SME doesnt pay which again becomes a constraint for financial institutions…"
Oct 9, 2014
Robert Zegers replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"Mobile banking and branchless banking offer opportunities to reach out to larger MSME communities as well. Financial institutions also require support to reduce the risk of financing SMEs. Various guarantee mechanisms now exist to support financial…"
Oct 9, 2014
Robert Zegers replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"Hi import duties and limitation of export of funds are important constraints. Sometimes larger business do not face teh same constraints as they access priviliged services from the givernment agencies. We have also tried to support franchising as a…"
Oct 9, 2014
Robert Zegers replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"we have tried to work with financial institutions to set up dedicated adapted financing for women to tackle this issue. not so easy though. its needs major reforms to tackle this fundamentally."
Oct 9, 2014
Robert Zegers replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"1)      Most banks still do not finance SMEs and if they do provide short term financing only. They require significant collateral which SMEs usually don’t have due to collateral registration problems that are…"
Oct 9, 2014
Robert Zegers replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"My name is Robert Zegers. I work with AfDB on SME related issues."
Oct 9, 2014

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Job Title
Chief Invesment Officer - Manager SME Program
Organisation
African Development Bank
Sector
I work for a development finance organisation
Website:
http://afdb.org
About my work:
Dynamic!
Topics on my radar:
Base of the Pyramid, Enterprise Development, Finance and Investment, Inclusive Business Models, Youth Enterprise

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