Growing Micro and Small Enterprises: Tackling Financing Obstacles in the MENA Region
5th Meeting of the MENA-OECD Working Group on SME Policy, Entrepreneurship and Human Capital Development
|22-23 February, 2011 in Casablanca, Morocco
Organised in cooperation with the Moroccan Ministry for General and Economic Affairs
From Left to Right: Sergio Arzeni (OECD), Anthony O’Sullivan (OECD), H.E.Minister Nizar Baraka (Morocco), Ludovica Agro (Italy), Antonio Fanelli (OECD)
Access to finance for micro and small companies in the MENA region is difficult. The major challenge is to move beyond microfinance to longer-term financial products and services that are critical to overcoming constraints to growth.
The two-day event, opened by H.E. Nizar Baraka, Moroccan Minister of Economic and General Affairs, developed action-oriented recommendations on supply and demand-side financing to be presented at the next Ministerial conference.
Participants engaged in a debate and discussion on:
- challenges in SMEs access to bank or alternative sources of financing;
- analysing current lending practices in the MENA region; and
- sharing good policies and innovative solutions to improve credit allocation.
Participants included representatives from government institutions in charge of SME and entrepreneurship policy; business, banking and entrepreneur associations; researchers and academics; and members of the international policy and donor community.
- Draft Report and Guidelines: Credit Guarantee Schemes: A Tool to Promote SME Growth and Innovation in the MENA Region
- Draft Issues Paper: Women’s Access to Finance in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region
- Opening Remarks by H.E. Nizar Baraka (Arabic)
- Growing Micro and Small Enterprises: Tackling Financing Obstacles in the MENA region, Antonio Fanelli, OECD
- La perspective du secteur privé sur l’accès au financement des TPE et des PME en croissance, Mohamed MAAROUF, PlaNet Finance
- Challenges in Accessing Finance for Growth-Oriented Small and Micro Entrepreneurs in Tunisia, Prof. Faysal Mansouri, University of Sousse
- Reducing information asymmetries and improving transparency, Lois Stevenson, LASMA Consulting
- Entrepreneurship, Access to Capital & SMEs in MENA: Supply? Demand? The issues , William Fellows, Financial Services Volunteer Corps
- The Financial Crisis and the responses to it in developed countries , Prof. David Storey, University of Sussex
- Financing Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Mediterranean Removing barriers and creating incentives, Rym Ayadi, CEPS
- National Factors Affecting Firm Creation: Regulations and Legal Features in the MENA Region , Prof. Paul D. Reynolds
- La Médiation Bancaire , Mohammed Alaoui Kacimi
- Améliorer le cadre légal et réglementaire pour assurer l'exécution des contrats et mettre en place des mesures des recours , Sabah Chraibi, Présidente de l’association ESPOD
- MENA 100 : Business Plan Competition, Anthony O’Sullivan, OECD
- Government of Dubai: The Role of Government in Supporting Entrepreneurship & SME Development Alexander Williams, Dubai SME
- Dispositif de l’ANPME pour l’appui à la jeune et la Petite entreprise, Boutaina Ismaili Idrissi, ANPME