Panel Discussion on SME Financing at the World Trade Symposium 2017 in London
I was speaking at and leading a Panel at the WTF2017 with the topic: Bridging the USD 1.6 trillion trade financing funding gap for SME’s.
This panel’s debate focused on information and insights about the struggle of SMEs and what governments and private sectors can do to close the gap and discussed the following questions.
- What are the key trade implications and requirements of SMEs?
- Which diversified financing and policy approaches are available and what has been the experience of current initiatives?
- Does trade digitisation, fintech and blockchain have the potential to help close the gap?
- What is the potential impact of Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI) in relation to the cost and risk of financing SMEs?
Members on the panel were:
Dr. Marc Auboin, Counsellor, Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Dr. Ugo Panizza, Professor of Economics, Director of Finance and Development Centre and Pictet Chair, Graduate Institute, Geneva and CEPR Research Fellow
Dr. Alisa Di Caprio, Research Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)