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WEBINAR: Mobilising SME finance for a resilient, sustainable and inclusive recovery


Webinar organised jointly by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB)

1 July, 14:00-16:00 CEST


Small businesses and entrepreneurs around the world were hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis, often relying on government support to survive the initial shock, prolonged restrictions and a drop in demand for their products and services. Yet, they remain critical to forge the path to recovery, provide employment and be part of innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges, such as the climate crisis, while also ensuring that no one is left behind. Sustained access to a diverse range of financing instruments will be crucial to continued contributions by SMEs and entrepreneurs to sustainable and inclusive growth.

This webinar, organised by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship (OECD/CFE), SMEs, Regions and Cities and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), will bring together experts, policy makers, financial institutions and SME representatives to discuss some of the key issues around SME financing today.


Moderated by Céline Kauffmann, Head of the Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Tourism Division, OECD/CFE

14:00-14:15 - Introductory remarks

Monica Scatasta, Director of the Technical Assessment and Monitoring Directorate, CEB

14:15-15:05 - Panel 1: Mobilising SME finance for recovery

Moderated by Isabelle Brun, Head of Strategic Development and Special Topics, CEB 

Addressing the SME finance impacts of the crisis and priorities for a sound recovery 

Miriam Koreen, Senior Counsellor on SMEs, OECD/CFE 

Role of local institutions and governance in fostering SME access to finance 

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Princesa de Asturias Chair and Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics 

Mobilising SME finance for the sustainability transition 

Rodney Boyd, Senior Manager – Policy, British Business Bank 

SME challenges and priorities 

Gerhard Huemer, Chief Economist, SMEunited

15:05-15:55 - Panel 2: Understanding and addressing the risks of SME over-indebtedness and insolvency

Moderated by Stephan Raes, Policy Analyst, CFE/OECD

Expected growth in SME insolvencies and potential policy responses

Federico J. Diez, Economist, Structural Reforms Unit, IMF Research Department

Identifying viable firms post COVID-19

Felix Haas Vincon, Head of Unit, European Association of Guarantee Institutions - AECM

Government responses to rising SME debt

Representative from the European Commission

Banking for a resilient SME sector

Martin Godemann, Head of Group Funding, ProCredit Holding

15:55-16:00 - Wrap-up and conclusions

Céline Kauffmann

This webinar is part of a series of virtual events organised by the OECD and partner organisations to explore critical issues for SMEs and entrepreneurship, building on the platform of the Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Day 2021. Events start on Monday, 28 June, with the UN MSME day event, and run until Friday, 2 July. They will cover themes critical to the economic recovery, such as resilience and dynamism of SMEs and entrepreneurship in the time of COVID-19, women's entrepreneurship, digitalisation, access to finance and skills.

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