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IFC, Bank Negara Malaysia Partner to Help Increase Financial Services for Small Businesses


In Washington, D.C.:
Leila F. Search
Phone: + 202-473-7511
E-mail:  LSearch@ifc.org


Kuala Lumpur, September 27, 2011—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Bank  Negara Malaysia are training government regulators and microfinance practitioners to better understand and implement credit reporting and risk-management methodologies that help expand credit for micro and small businesses in developing countries.

IFC and Bank Negara Malaysia began a five-day training program this week for more than 90 regulators, lenders’ associations, MFI associations, credit reporting service providers, and policy makers from around the world. The program trains participants in advanced credit reporting techniques, including knowledge of legal frameworks, new systems and technologies, credit underwriting processes, and non-traditional data utilization. The workshop will also offer training in value-added services such as scoring, modeling, and risk management strategies. A series of hands-on exercises will give participants an opportunity to practice the new techniques.

“This is the third consecutive year that IFC and BNM have organized this exhaustive training, which is unique in our sector,” said Oscar Madeddu, Specialist with IFC’s Global Credit Bureau Program. “We are trying to fill a gap felt across developing markets, where there is resounding demand for credit reporting and new risk management techniques."

The development of a strong credit reporting system has the potential to radically transform the credit industry in an economy. Enhanced credit information reduces loan processing times and default rates, allowing lenders to increase the range of financial products and services they offer to borrowers. These savings also translate into lower interest rates, improving access to finance for individuals and micro, small, and medium enterprises.

Launched in 2001, IFC’s Global Credit Bureau Program has become an international leader in credit bureau development by facilitating lending to individuals and businesses in emerging markets. The program has provided credit bureau support in over 60 countries, and has held over 110 events in 70 countries. Multiple donors fund the program, including Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland, Omidyar Network Fund Inc., and Visa International.

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, providing advisory services to businesses and governments, and mobilizing capital in the international financial markets. In fiscal 2011, amid economic uncertainty across the globe, we helped our clients create jobs, strengthen environmental performance, and contribute to their local communities—all while driving our investments to an all-time high of nearly $19 billion. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

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