THE EIB WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA SME BANKING AND MICROFINANCE ACADEMY 2021

Building a resilient MSME financial sector for inclusive growth in West and Central Africa

VIRTUAL FORUM: 5 - 6 OCTOBER 2021

NETWORKING

WITH HIGH LEVEL ATTENDEES FROM BANKS AND MFIs FROM ACROSS AFRICA

60+

COUNTRIES REPRESENTED

40+

INDUSTRY EXPERT SPEAKERS

8

INTERACTIVE PRESENTATIONS & PANEL DISCUSSIONS

6

LEARNING SESSION SELECTIONS

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

As part of the EIB Financial Sector Technical Assistance Program for West and Central Africa, EIB in partnership with MFW4A organized the EIB Academy – a two-day forum which took place on 5 – 6 October 2021.

The EIB Academy is a well-established and recognized exchange forum and learning format that, in recent years, has been held physically in an African capital. Given the current circumstances, the 2021 version was virtual and therefore accessible to a much wider audience.

Debates and interactive presentations were led to reflect on various essential themes such as; how financial institutions (FIs) in the region can encourage entrepreneurship, integrate climate challenges into their operations, promote gender financing, pursue opportunities in the digitalization of services and operations and much more!

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

DAY ONE: TUESDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2021

Attendees had access to a full day of thought-provoking debates and panel discussions, covering:

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  • EIB engagement in financial operations in West and Central Africa including related TA programme
  • Regional perspectives on SME banking and microfinance
  • Trends in macro-economic and financial sector performance
  • Implementation of banking reforms, implications of the ongoing pandemic on banking services including capital adequacy requirements and digital investment measures.
  • MSME finance in the new normal: Risks and opportunities
  • Green finance in West and Central Africa: Perspectives for financial institutions
  • Finance with a Gender Lens: Experiences and achievements
  • Digitalization and ways to digitize financial services: State of affairs in West and Central Africa

DAY TWO: WEDNESDAY, 6 OCTOBER 2021

Attendees had the choice between 1 of 2 topics per session on day two, covering:

01.

GREEN
FINANCE

Building healthy loan portfolios with climate relevant loans

OR

02.

DIGITAL
FINANCE

The future of service delivery and innovative products

01.

AGRICULTURE
FINANCE

Becoming financial partner of the entire value chain

OR

02.

DIGITALIZED
OPERATIONS

The key to customer centric and efficient business processes

01.

GENDER
FINANCE

Seeking new opportunities by offering the right value proposition

OR

02.

BUILDING ESG FRAMEWORKS

The journey to ESG reporting and rating for your FI

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

Insights into best practices on green finance, gender finance and digitization

Insights from leaders in the DFI, banking and MSME space in West & Central Africa

Engagement in a blend of conference and workshop formats to optimize learning and takeaways

Networking via a state-of-the-art digital platform with everyone you need to know in MSME finance in two leading African regions

Contributions to shaping the future of MSME finance for the regions

The main language was French; simultaneous translation (French-English/English-French) was provided.

DATES

5 October 2021: 09:00 – 17:30

6 October 2021: 09:00 – 16:00

Time zone reflected as GMT

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