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SANAD Entrepreneurship Academy




Workshop on “Promoting SME Finance in Iraq – How to Increase Scale and Efficiency”

Event date: 20 – 21 November 2012
Location: Rotana Hotel, Erbil, Iraq
Language: English, Arabic, and Kurdish 
GIZ and the SANAD Fund for MSME jointly organized a two-day strategic workshop for Iraqi banks and Business Development Service (“BDS”) providers on the promotion of SME finance in Iraq. The workshop demonstrated to Iraqi banks and BDS providers how SME finance can be an attractive business case that serves the double bottom line of increasing access to finance for Iraqi SMEs and entering a largely untapped market segment. 


With a mix of plenary sessions and separate small working groups, the workshop pursued three main goals:
1) Introduction of successful SME lending concepts for banks, including an overview of best practice in terms of organizational processes, structure and analytical tools.
2) Outline of requirements SMEs must meet to qualify as banking clients in order to best position BDS providers to support SMEs. 
3) Exchange and knowledge transfer between banks and BDS providers to optimize access to finance for SMEs.

Target Group

Selected group of banking experts dedicated to growing SME business in Iraq, including: Managing Directors and General Managers of private Iraqi banks, ICBG and ICF-SME
Heads of Credit or Product Development of private Iraqi banks
Managers and SME officers of BDS providers


For more information on the workshop, kindly contact the SANAD Fund ( Find impressions of the workshop below.
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