PANEL DISCUSSION

Financing SME’s: Leveraging the Capital Market

SME’s are known for being the engine of growth. Yet access to bank finance has been extremely difficult. It is also saddled with very high interest rate regime in the country; Panelists will explore what it takes to bring SME’s to the capital market. What are the challenges, risks and mitigating factors? What are the best financing options to SME’s – equity vrs debt. How can capital markets complement bank finance as an option. Are there good test cases in Ghana? It is also expected that panelists would look at Alternative Investment vehicles with particular reference to the private equity and venture capital space and how they can help to bring SME’s to the public market.

Discussants