The AfDB-EMRC SME Forum attracted more than 300 delegates from 41 countries spread over 4 continents, especially from Africa.
Participants included entrepreneurs interested in securing finance for projects and seeking project partnerships, policy makers, financiers, technical assistance organizations, international financial institutions and bankers.
The presentations highlighted the financial and non financial barriers that SMEs face and focused on the most innovative financial tools and the role that commercial banks and other financial groups are playing in providing loans, equity and technical assistance. A distinctive feature of this forum was the organisation of business-to-business (B2B) meetings, where participants discussed practical business
and partnership proposals.