TFG will be hosting a Tradecast (webinar) on the 15th October, covering topics around MSME financial inclusion, the ever-increasing trade finance gap, and changing Global Value Chains (GVCs), featuring experts from ABSA, Mastercard, ICC and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Tradecast - 15th October


15th October 2020


60 minute panel discussion, including Q&A

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are one of the strongest drivers of economic development, innovation and employment. Access to finance is often identified as a critical barrier to growth for MSMEs. Creating opportunities for MSMEs in emerging markets is key to advancing economic development and reducing poverty. 

However, there is an MSME financing gap, to the magnitude of over $5 trillion USD. Some 200 million businesses worldwide need financing to invest, grow and create new jobs, and they account for 9 out of 10 businesses, half of global GDP, and two-thirds of jobs worldwide.

Added to this, countries have taken unprecedented and drastic measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic by restricting the physical movement of goods and people, disrupting millions of MSMEs around the world.

How can governments, policy makers, financiers and business come together to better support all members of the global supply chain, especially MSMEs? How can digitization open the global marketplace for organizations large and small and start to address historic barriers to dynamic trading relationships and essential capital for MSMEs?

Speakers – Meet the panel

George Wilson

George Wilson

Head of Institutional Trade, Absa, Board Member, ITFA

Nana Khurodze

Nana Khurodze

Investment Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Chris Southworth

Chris Southworth

Secretary General, ICC United Kingdom

Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson

Executive Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships – Mastercard

This webinar will be exploring:

  • The need for liquidity to reduce insolvencies – disbursing support and the need for  public-private partnership
  • MSME access to credit and microfinance
  • How innovative technologies enable SMEs to trade internationally (e.g. e-commerce, digital payments aligned with flow of goods, etc.)

Hosted and presented by

Deepesh Patel, Editor, Trade Finance Global

Video – What to expect


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