Investing in Employment in the Middle East and North Africa Region

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Co-sponsoring and contributing to 13th annual SANABEL Conference, the largest microfinance event in the region

From November 6-7, 2018, the SANAD Fund for MSME co-sponsored and contributed to the annual conference of Sanabel, the Microfinance Network of Arab Countries, in Amman, Jordan.
At the Middle East and North Africa’s largest microfinance sector event, SANAD emphasized the importance of rural microfinance in supporting economies and food security, and the role of fintech in maximizing outreach and impact.
The event’s motto, “From Sustainable to Responsible Finance: Our Vision Forward,” closely reflected SANAD’s own belief in fair business practices in finance. The fund organized two panel sessions that dove into core themes of its mission: one on expanding responsible agricultural finance through technological innovations, the other on the potential of fintech to support financial inclusion.
Beyond the two panels, SANAD sponsored a pre-conference workshop on fintech and participated in the first annual Arab Financial Inclusion Innovation prize, awarded by one of our partners.
The conference convened nearly 400 participants from over 20 countries. The gathering was an excellent opportunity to network with our partners and highly valuable for pursuing our goal to drive investments in agriculture and fintech in the region.

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