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The 2017 GTBank Food and Drink Fair set to hold during Workers’ Day holiday

The 2017 GTBank Food and Drink Fair set to hold during Workers’ Day holiday

Lagos, Nigeria - March, 2017 Food lovers from across the world can once again look forward to an unparalleled culinary experience as the 2nd edition of the GTBank Food & Drink Fair is set to hold during the Worker’s Day holiday on Sunday the 30th of April and Monday the 1st of May, 2017. The 2-day event will treat attendees to enthralling gastronomic tours across a wide variety of exciting cuisines and delicacies while offering small businesses in the Nigerian Food Industry a free and vibrant platform to connect with a wider segment of their target markets as well as experts in their business fields. The GTBank Food and Drink Fair was created by foremost African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, as part of its efforts to empower small businesses. The 2016 debut of the consumer-focused event received very positive reviews nationally and internationally, had over 90 exhibitors from the food... Read More

Nigeria’s GTBank launches over $15m SMEs development scheme

Lagos, Nigeria - October, 2015

Nigeria’s Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has launched a N3 billion (about $15.2m) scheme in partnership with Agence Française de Development (AFD) to promote Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) development in Nigeria.

According to a statement issued by the bank in Lagos, the initiative is designed to boost financing for business start-ups and development projects in Nigeria. “The partnership with GTBank, which is the first in Anglophone Africa, will support the growth of SMEs by providing a risk sharing mechanism on loan advances,” it said. It added that the scheme provides banks, private equity investors and other financial institutions a safer platform to increase participation in SME financing by providing foreign guarantees to local credit facilities advanced to SMEs.

The Ariz Portfolio Guarantee Scheme, since its inception in 2008 had expanded to over 20 francophone countries in Africa and teamed up with more than 40 partner banks worldwide. The statement quoted Denys Gauer, the French Ambassador to Nigeria, as saying that “SMEs has a key role as drivers of economic growth and employment.”

The envoy noted that in spite of widespread presence of SMEs in Nigeria, the sector faces major obstacles, including limited access to bank financing, mostly because of the risk factor associated with SMEs.

Gauer said that the objective of the scheme was to facilitate SMEs’ access to finance by supporting the development of the GTBank portfolio of SME loans.

The statement added that Mr. Segun Agbaje, GTBank Managing Director, said that empowerment of SMEs remained pivotal to the sustenance of growth and development in emerging economies across the world.

Agbaje said that the sector though crucial to the economic make-up of the country, contribute little to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

Source: www.en.starafrica.com

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