The Running Director of Consolidated Financial institution Ghana Ltd. (CBG), Daniel Wilson Addo, has declared that CBG is expanding its Tiny and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) abilities by partnering with the new Progress Financial institution Ghana (DBG) to supply specialized and economical assist to the sector.
CBG defines SMEs as smaller enterprises with annual economical turnover of up to GH¢15m and medium enterprises with turnover up to GH¢75m.
Speaking to a part of the media on CBG’s agenda for SMEs this yr, Mr. Addo indicated that CBG has over the a long time delivered in depth help to SMEs and is keen on increasing its abilities in the sector to tap into chances that exist and make certain an improved contribution from the SME sector to the country’s economy. According to him: “We have approached this in a holistic method, and it is just not to fund SMEs but to get the overall SME benefit chain and see how we can:
- help enterprises to operate additional efficiently by unlocking funds that is trapped in receivables,
- aid assortment for SMEs, and importantly
- build potential in the SME place.
We have carried out that by means of the products and solutions we have rolled out and by way of the technologies platforms we have founded. This enables SMEs to accumulate money by way of their cell wallet and make deposits through mobile tellers deployed in the markets to obtain cash from SMEs”.
CBG has above the very last few of many years improved its financial guidance to SMEs by disbursing above GH¢1.3billion and also expanded its achieve to them via its 114 branches across the region. These have been complemented by technological platforms which give benefit and security to the Bank’s SMEs. For CBG, SMEs are a important population in its agenda to boost the financial advancement of Ghana. The introduction of DBG thus presents the Lender with an prospect to supply that a great deal-needed support, which CBG has welcomed.
Mr. Addo highlighted that: “DBG is a economical establishment that was recognized to tackle extremely key problems in just the business enterprise group. That is, the entry to very long-term funding of SMEs that supports investments and advancement. With a money foundation of GHS1.2billion and counting, for the reason that there will be additional money, we are confident that DBG is adequately capitalised to discharge the mandate that it has”.
He even more included: “It is crucial to know that DBG as a wholesale financial institution will not be working right with buyers and SMEs or neighborhood corporates, but will be disbursing its funding via financial institutions that are selected as participating money establishments. I am delighted that DBG has been set up and is functioning, mainly because there is heading to be a great deal of worth developed in the room as DBG commences its lending functions to SMEs by industrial banking institutions like CBG”.
On the partnership with DBG, Mr. Addo indicated that CBG is delighted to perform with DBG on the extremely laudable agenda of supporting SMEs. On top of that, DBG will provide partial credit score ensures, and these are innovative ways to funding that will also broaden and deepen the full economical ecosystem for CBG and SMEs.
Mr. Addo encouraged SMEs to choose benefit of the opportunity furnished by the introduction of DBG in purchase to mature and build far more positions. He talked about that accessing the financial loans will be as simple as implementing, delivered the applicant is a CBG customer and the Bank can just take a glimpse at their money flows. “CBG has an revolutionary way of hunting at your financing, and consequently it’s not all the time that we will inquire for collateral – but fundamentally going back to Finance 101, lending is about cash stream and so our items, expert services and technological innovation platforms are geared towards having a see of that customer’s money stream and once we have a view of that and we are ready to tie-in collections from those people hard cash flows, we are okay,” he explained.
CBG has 114 branches in 13 out of the 16 locations in Ghana which offer SMEs entry to the Bank’s items and products and services. This is in addition to the Bank’s SME Centre in Accra and electronic channels. One more SME Centre will be recognized in the Ashanti Location in purchase to raise accessibility to funding and technological aid for the sector. Additionally, the Bank is positioning by itself to enjoy a key part in making certain that SMEs choose total gain of the Africa Continental Absolutely free Trade Area’s (AfCFTA) options.
Commenting on the CBG-DBG partnership, Mr. Addo said: “This partnership will assist fortify our equilibrium of payment positioning simply because it will strengthen exports, especially into the sub-region, and in the end position Ghana as a manufacturing and products and services hub within just the sub-region as nicely as the gateway to West Africa, as we have generally preferred to be. DBG is extremely essential to this entire agenda mainly because DBG provides to the table the essential long-time period funding that is needed for SMEs to improve their corporations and markets for their merchandise and services. These, for me, are the essential advantages from this DBG-CBG partnership”.
DBG will be released on 14th June. It is expected to commence creating announcements in the really around future.