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Ghana Integrated Financial Ecosystem gives MSMEs US$100 million

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The Bank of Ghana (BoG), the Development Bank Ghana (DBG) working with its digital partner Proxtera and supported by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS,) has announce the target of US$100 million to be disbursed to Ghanaian micro, small and medium-scale enterprise through the Ghana Integrated Financial Eco-system (GIFE).

This was announced at the just end Against 3i Africa Summit on May 15, 2024, during a signing ceremony between DBG and Proxtera to accelerate the disbursement of up to GHS1.83 billion via the wholly digital infrastructure set up by the GIFE programme.

This follows on the early signs of success exhibited by GIFE after its launch at the 2022 edition of the Singapore Fintech Festival and its operationalisation in the first half of 2023 with the pilot financial institution partner – Consolidated Bank of Ghana.

GIFE currently is a digital journey for MSMEs, beginning with a financial literacy/creation of trusted credentials which leverages the global Universal Trusted Credentials framework, access to working capital, and cross-border trade with Asia and the ASEAN region. An innovative, regulatory sandbox, continues to support GIFE in its challenge to traditional disbursal frameworks to fast-track growth and development for local businesses.

This upcoming phase of GIFE will see wider participation by more financial institutions with an emphasis on scale and digital access to global trade markets with local financial and educational support.

Saurav Bhattacharyya, Chief Executive Officer of Proxtera, said “”We continue to proudly support GIFE as a founding partner. As the exclusive operational partner of SME Financial Empowerment (SFE) programme, and the operational, technology and digital infrastructure provider for implementation for GIFE, Proxtera continues to work with local ecosystem partners to grow the usage of trusted credentials. We strongly believe the ambitious target set by our partners will propel Ghanaian MSMEs into the global digital cross-border trade and financial highways”.

K Duker, Chief Executive Officer of DBG, said: “We are excited about this partnership, especially for what it brings as part of the 3i Africa Summit. At DBG, we believe that this partnership with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the GIFE programme mark a pivotal moment in DBG’s mission to provide sustainable finance solutions to Ghanaian businesses and facilitate multi-generational, sustainable economic growth. DBG recognises the crucial role of SMEs in our country’s economy and the GIFE programme will further strengthen DBG’s ability to catalyse SME growth by ensuring that they get the financial solutions they need to achieve their full potential. SMEs are a key pillar of Ghana’s economic resilience, prosperity, and international competition, so I’m optimistic that our journey to unlock their potential will yield excellent results for our people and country.”

Dr Ernest K.Y. Addison, Governor of Bank of Ghana, said “This memorandum further demonstrates BoG’s commitment as a central bank, to working with key stakeholders to explore innovative financing models. It also further demonstrates our commitment to the Business Sans Borders initiative which we partnered with the Monetary Authority of Singapore to enhance MSME contribution to economic growth and in line with Government’s broader economic transformation goals.

Mr. Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer, MAS, said, “MAS has worked closely with Bank of Ghana since the announcement of the Financial Trust Corridor in 2020.  The GIFE is an important step to foster closer collaboration between the two central banks and important emerging markets.  The GIFE is a rethink to potentially leapfrog traditional financial inclusion approaches with combined support mechanisms powered by smarter data that MSMEs and financial institutions can tap in based on their needs.”

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