Long Term Financial Instruments for SMEs
- Discussions are underway with Norsad for establishment of SME Windows through DFI Network members.
- The DFRC is participating in liaison with the Commonwealth Secretariat in a project to investigate the feasibility of establishing a “regional SME Fund” under the COTONOU AGREEMENT managed through the European Investment Bank.
Case Study on MOZAL for an SMEs Linkages Model
Phase 1 – Research
A preliminary study on MOZAL was completed in June 2005. Terms of Reference for the research have been completed in liaison with Policy Research and Advisory Services and a proposal for funding of detailed research has been submitted to potential sponsors.
Phase 2 - Case Study Development
This will be carried out on completion of Phase 1.
Survey of DFI SME Activities
This is a project to develop a profile and data base of DFIs in the region that deal with SMEs. To date, ten DFIs have been visited in five countries for the exercise:
Botswana; CEDA and NDB ◦Namibia: NDB, NHE and Agribank
Tanzania: SIDO, TIB and NDC
Business Support Service
Four project proposals have been developed for discussion with cooperating partners for implantation in the areas of:
- SMEs Linkages
- Women-in-Business Development
- Business Mentorship
- Environmental Management Systems for SMEs, (Standards)