The Kenya banking industry under the umbrella of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) will host the second Inua Biashara Summit for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) from the 22nd to 29th June.
Ten high-level speakers from the public and private sector are confirmed to engage MSMEs from across the country during the week-long virtual Summit which will set the stage for the industry to celebrate the resilience of businesses as the world marks the International Day of MSMEs on 27th June.
The Summit will kick off with the launch of a novel Blended Finance partnership jointly developed by KBA, Financial Sector Deepening Kenya (FSD-K), and the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) on Tuesday, June 22nd.
The June 22nd event will be followed by a three-day virtual tradeshow that will enable banks to showcase their products and services to customers through digital engagement booths.
The Inua Biashara Virtual Tradeshow is an innovative platform that allows banks to showcase their offering to SMEs in a contactless manner, mindful of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Anne Mutahi, the SME Advisor to the President of Kenya, will officially open the Inua Biashara Virtual Trade Show on Thursday, June 24th.
The occasion will be a build-up to the Inua Biashara Event set for June 25th and officiated by Hon. Eric Wafukho, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) National Treasury and Planning, Ms. Rebbecca Mbithi, CEO, Family Bank, and Dr. Habil Olaka, CEO, KBA.
Banking Sector Movable Assets Registry Training Workshop
On the same day, banks will participate in a Movable Assets Registry Training Workshop. The Workshop will seek to promote uptake of the registry which was introduced by the Government to facilitate access to finance for SMEs with non-conventional collateral.
The week-long activities will culminate on Tuesday, June 29 with the release of the 2021 KBA MSME Survey Report that has been undertaken by the KBA Center for Research and Policy jointly with the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA).
Commenting on the Summit, KBA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Habil Olaka, said: “As an industry that promotes enterprise development, banks are working closely with the National Treasury and the Central Bank of Kenya through the National Credit Guarantee Scheme which seeks to accelerate MSME access to credit during this disruptive pandemic period.”
“We believe MSME recovery and resilience can be catalysed by their ability to borrow from financial intermediaries at affordable interest rates with low collateral requirements, which is why we commend the Government and the participating banks for collaborating to help SMEs rebuild from the health crisis,” he said. Currently, the credit guarantee banks are Absa Bank, Co-Operative Bank, Credit Bank, DTB, KCB, NCBA and Stanbic Bank.
The Summit’s theme is ‘Celebrating SME Resilience in Turbulent Times.’ Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA) Chief Executive, Henry Rithaa, and John Mwendwa, Head of Department of Business Reforms and Transformation, Ministry of East African Community and Regional Development are amongst the distinguished speakers.
Other speakers include representatives from Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), and Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI). For more information on the Inua Biashara Virtual Summit follow @KenyaBankers on Twitter.