Ghana: Proxtera, DBG Launch $100 Million Digital Loan Platform for SMEs

By : Samira Njoya

Date : vendredi, 17 mai 2024 15:43

Despite their crucial role in the entrepreneurial landscape and their potential to drive economic development, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in sub-Saharan Africa face limited access to financing.

Singapore-based fintech company Proxtera announced a partnership with Ghana's Development Bank of Ghana (DBG) on Wednesday, May 15, during the 3iAfrica Summit in Accra. The collaboration aims to establish a digital platform offering $100 million in loans to Ghanaian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Kwamina Duker, CEO of DBG, highlighted the platform's potential to streamline the loan application process and reduce borrowing costs for SMEs over time. “If today, it takes about three to six months to get a loan, with a huge amount of documentation, and we can cut that down to turnaround of literally a real time of 24 hours… then we can appreciate the benefits of digitalization,” he stated.

Through the partnership, DBG will leverage Proxtera's digital platform to provide loans for SME growth and expansion. Eligible businesses must be Ghanaian-owned and operating within the country, with a sound financial plan. Priority will be given to SMEs in key sectors like agriculture, manufacturing, information and communication technology (ICT), and other high-value-added industries.

This collaboration marks a significant step towards digital financial inclusion in Ghana. By facilitating access to financing for SMEs, the partnership is expected to stimulate economic growth, create jobs, and strengthen the country's economic fabric. It aligns with Ghana's national financial inclusion and development strategy, developed in collaboration with the World Bank, which aims to increase financial inclusion from 58% in 2020 to 85% by 2023.

Samira Njoya



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