The Second OECD-ADB Workshop on Enhancing Financial Accessibility for Small and Medium Enterprise: Lessons from Asian and OECD Areas’ Crises

Description

The workshop is part of the ADB-OECD joint study on small and medium enterprise (SME) finance with a main topic of innovative SME financing modality amid an era of global financial uncertainty.

The first workshop, held at ADB Headquarters in March 2013, was successfully concluded, attended by around 100 participants from DMCs and ADB staff. The second workshop aims to review the draft Study Report jointly prepared by ADB and OECD based on the findings from the first workshop.

This workshop is a back-to-back event with the 44th Session of the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE) on 22-23 October 2013.

Objectives

The program is designed to facilitate in-depth discussions among ADB and OECD member countries about the initial output of our collaborative work on SME finance.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have:

  • familiarized themselves with emerging trends in SME finance and policies in the Asian and OECD regions;
  • identified key policy issues for improving SMEs’ access to finance under the era of global financial uncertainty; and
  • encouraged policy discussions on innovative SME financing modality responding to possible financial crises.

Expected outputs

Publication: ADB-OECD Joint Study on Enhancing Financial Accessibility for SMEs - Lessons from Asian and OECD Areas’ Crises

Participants

Participation is by invitation only.

  • Policy makers and regulators responsible for SMEs’ access to finance and SME sector development
  • Academies, researchers, and experts in the field of SME finance
  • International Financial Institutions