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The fourth edition of the SME & Banking Africa Forum 2017 was held in Kigali.

This forum was organized in partnership with SFI / IFC, AfricSearch, OCP Group, ESPartners and Afreximbank among others.

Exclusively dedicated to the financing of African SMEs, the SME & BANKING Africa Forum enables African companies to access financing through banks, investment funds, guarantee funds, foundations and Business Angels. It also allows entrepreneurs to expand their business networks and receive advice from business development specialists and fundraisers.

B2B meetings, masterclasses for SMEs and Financial Institutions, sectorial business sessions on opportunities in Africa, and an SME Solution Centre for advices tailored to SMEs’ needs, will round up this forum for an unparalleled business experience.

In his speech, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon.  Vincent Munyeshyaka said that the Government of Rwanda   values SMEs, and that it has putted them at the center of economic strategies to empower youth and women businesses.

He also highlighted some of the initiatives the Government of Rwanda  has putted  in place to support startups and SMEs to make them a driver of Rwanda's socio-economic development plans.

For the first time, the SME & BANKING Forum of 2017 will host a banking summit called "La Finance s'Engage", will enable the financial sector to, first and foremost, measure needs and opportunities. It will present innovative solutions for financing SMEs and, for the first time, allow stakeholders to engage publicly with each other.

The third edition of the forum was held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire in November 2016 and welcomed nearly 500 participants. It was preceded by the Nairobi edition in 2015 and the Dakar edition in 2014

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