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Event Report - 5th EIB Southern Africa SME and Microfinance Academy - 2020

Apr 08, 2020 | EIB

Within  the  framework  of  a  Technical  Assistance  (TA)  programme  to  support its Financial Sector Operations in Southern Africa launched by the European Investment Bank (EIB) in 2015 already four EIB Southern Africa SME  and  Microfinance  Academies  have  been  organised,  i.e.  in  Pretoria  (2016), Lusaka (2017), Johannesburg (2018) and Lilongwe (2019).This fifth EIB Academy was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 3rd to 5th  February  2020  and  the  theme  was  "Climate  Action,  borrowing  and lending adaptation by the financial sector". About 90 persons participated:  The  EU  delegation  from  South  Africa  was  represented  as  were financial institutions and development banks from Comoros Islands, Eswatini,  Namibia,  Malawi,  Mauritius,  Mozambique,  Seychelles,  South  Africa  and  Zambia.  Besides,  African  Trade  Insurance  Agency,  ATI,  an  agricultural  insurance  provider  from  South  Africa,  a  bankers'  training  institute from Zambia and two South Africa based FinTechs participated.