Karandaaz Pakistan in partnership with The ADB Institute (ADBI), Japan and the Resident Mission of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Pakistan organized a two-day event from 25 to 26 November 2019 in Islamabad. The first day (Nov 25) was devoted to the topic of Infrastructure Financing and the second day (Nov 26) to SME Finance.
Day 1 explored innovative ways of leveraging private funds for infrastructure investment, case studies of credit enhancement structures for infrastructure projects, and public-private partnership development within the sector.
Day 2 examined the growth potential of Pakistan’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which account for about 25% of its manufacturing exports, 30% of its GDP, and 80% of its non-agricultural labor force but have limited financing access. The focus was on Pakistan’s SME ecosystem and integration with local and global value chains.
Infrastructure & SME Financing Needs
Eco-system and Infrastructure Development
Public Private Partnerships (PPP) models for Inclusive Social Infrastructure
Innovative financing mechanisms to address market failures (e.g. invoice discounting and securitization)
Regulatory and Policy Frameworks
Cross Country Experiences
Asian Development Bank (ADB)-Pakistan has maintained a presence in Pakistan since 1966, when the country joined as a bank member. ADB has provided assistance to strengthen key infrastructure, social services, and economic growth in the country. ADB has approved $32.2 billion in project assistance to Pakistan since 1966.
ADB Institute (ADBI) provides research for policy makers in its member countries. Over the years ADBI has developed an extensive knowledge base on the MSMEs operating in the East and South Asian Region, and has conducted a number of conferences and publications to enhance and support the MSME landscape in the region. In 2013, ADBI also launched an Asian SME Finance Monitor (ASM) – a knowledge product focusing on SMEs’ access to finance including the banking sector, nonbank sector, and capital markets. With the success of the inaugural volume, the ASM 2014 (second edition) extended its coverage from 14 member countries to 20. At present, ASM covers three economies in the South Asian region – India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. However, a case for can also be made to include Pakistan’s SME sector as well, given the economic and geo political significance of the country in the region.
Karandaaz Pakistan, a not-for-profit company established in 2014 with financial support from the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), fosters economic growth and creating jobs through financial inclusion of unbanked individuals and unserved micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). In addition to conducting research, Karandaaz provides debt and equity funding to SMEs in Pakistan; the former through partner financial institutions and the latter by making direct investments in SMEs poised for growth.