Ramallah, West Bank and Gaza, February
14, 2019—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, together with the
Ministry of National Economy (MONE), Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA)
and Palestine Capital Market Authority (PCMA) are co-hosting a conference
to help boost access to finance for smaller businesses and promote transparency
for lenders in the West Bank and Gaza.
The “Movable Asset-Based
Finance in Palestine: Opportunities for Financiers and SMEs” conference
will focus on how smaller businesses can use accounts receivables, inventories
and other types of tangible and non-tangible assets to secure financing.
Movable assets often account for most of the capital stock of private firms
and comprise an especially large part for small and very small businesses,
especially in developing countries, making a sound legal and regulatory
“Palestinian SMEs comprise over 90 percent
of all companies and yet just one in four are able to access the financing
they need to grow their businesses and create jobs,”
said Youssef Habesch, IFC Resident Representative in the West Bank and
Gaza, “A modern secured transactions framework will help increase the
use of movable asset-based finance, which can provide much-needed financing
for smaller businesses.”
The conference will also look at various
aspects of modern movable asset-based lending systems and the technological
underpinning for secured transactions, which can help drive economic growth.
The event will bring together senior officials from the government as well
as 75 high level representatives from the financial and private sector.
IFC has been working with the Ministry of
National Economy since 2010 to help develop a modern secured transactions
framework. Following completion of the legal framework in 2016, IFC has
been focusing on capacity building and raising awareness, particularly
around movable asset-based finance, for key stakeholders in the West Bank
IFC, a sister organization of the World Bank
and member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution
focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than
2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence
to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world.
In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing
for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to
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