Date / Period 03 April 2018 / 1 days event venu Four Seasons - Event Hall "Jasmine" Location Gammarth, Tunisia Event Type Organization

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In recent years, the ICD, in line with its core strategy, has been contributing to the SME sector by extending innovative financing structures and platforms.  The event will raise awareness with regard to the contribution of the IDB Group in the entrepreneurship ecosystem and exploring the IDB Group’s various interventions with regard to Entrepreneurship, Startups and Innovative SMEs as well to inform developmental partners on practices and tools to be used for designing SME resilience support programs. It will also discuss among the participants about the importance of SME Funds and ICD’s interventions in Private Equity and Mezzanine Financings under the SME Funds Program to help strengthen SMEs in member countries.

The ICD will organize three sessions.  The first session will focus on the IDB Group’s contributions in supporting the growth of innovative SMEs.  The second session will discuss the challenges and needs of SMEs in fragile and conflict settings. The third session will review the role of SME Funds in developing economies.

The key issues to be addressed are:

1. What is SME echo-system and where do member countries stand on this?
2. How can we improve the competitiveness of SMEs in member countries?
3. What are the SMEs challenges and how are actors responding to them to sustain the SME echo system?
4. How can we utilize resources to overcome the challenges?
5. What are the experiences, achievements and challenges of Industry experts in the transformation of SMEs in developing countries?


H.E. Slim Feriani is the Minister of Industry and SMEs in Tunisia. He holds a PhD in Finance, Investment and International Finance from George Washington University and has 20 years of experience in the global financial markets across all asset classes.

Lebid Zaafrane is the Chief Executive Officer of BFPME Tunisia. Mr. Zaafrane specializes in financial engineering held senior positions in the Tunisian banking sector and has led the creation of financial companies, stock market listing and mergers projects.

Boutheina Ben Yaghlane Ben Slimane is the General Manager of Tunisian “Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations”. She was Secretary of State to the Minister of Finance and was elected as a deputy in the Tunisian Parliament. Dr. Boutheina was also advisor to the Minister of Regional Development and Planning.

Mohamed Mallous is the founder and general director of Wifak Bank, a banking institution created in 2015 following the transformation of the company "El Wifack Leasing" into a universal bank specializing in Islamic banking.

Nabil Chahdoura is Deputy General Manager, United Gulf Financial Services, North Africa (Kipco Group).  He is a founding member of “Le Cercle des Financiers Tunisiens”, a think tank apolitical association that lobbies for the Tunisian financial sector reforms. 

Nabil GHALEB is Chief Executive Officer of Zitouna Tamkeen in Tunisia. He has a PhD in Finance from HEC Montreal and is certified Islamic banker from CIBAFI. Nabil’s held a senior portfolio manager position in IsDB in charge of the bank's investment portfolio in the Mena region and is author of several academic articles on corporate governance, insurance, risk management and Islamic finance.
Bassem Bouguerra is the Chief Executive Officer of INTILAQ in Tunisia. Before he was a computer engineer at Yahoo before returning to Tunisia in 2012. He launched his startup of manufacturing drones (TuniPixels) and then which is site dedicated to HR (recruitment announcements, etc.). 

Nida Raza is the Director of Advisory services at ICD and a senior capital markets banker with over 18 years of global investment banking experience. During her career, she has led capital markets transactions for over 100 clients helping to raise US$115bn+ in financing.

Samer Yassa is a Managing Director in Private Equity at EFG Hermes. He has more than 15 years of experience in investment banking and private equity in Cairo and London. During his years of experience in private equity, he made investments in excess of USD300mn and achieved investment exits of USD186mn.

Benjamin Kouakou is partner at Cauris Management and Head of Yeelen Financial Fund, first fund of YEELEN Capital, a member of Cauris Management. He has 25 years of experience in the financial sector in West and Central Africa.

Bert van der Vaart is co-founder and CEO of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF). He has led the growth of SEAF to more than $1 billion in total capital across 38 investment funds, having invested in more than 430 companies in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Anette Hoffmann works as a Senior Research Associate at the Conflict Research Unit of Clingendael. Her work focuses on the interaction between economic and political drivers of conflict. She is particularly interested in how business elites' interests and political power shape economic development in fragile settings.

Wesam Qaid is Executive Director of Small Micro Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS) Subsidiary of the Social Fund for Development. He established and headed the first subsidiary of the SMEPS into the leading SME agency. He designed and managed several large private sector and value chain development projects.      

Yousef  AL-KURAIMI is the Chief Executive Officer of Al-Kuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank in Yemen, Vice President of the Yemeni Business Club and the Association of Yemeni Banks. Under his management Al-Kuraimi  bank is an economic fortress with accumulated banking experience of more than forty years offering its services to all people in all governorates, rural and urban districts. 



Session 1: “Innovative SMEs’ Multiple Growth assured by the IDB Group’s interventions and global strategic partners”

Opening speeches:

• H.E. Slim Feriani, Minister of Industry, SMEs and Entrepreneurship in Tunisia
• Mr. Mohammed Alammari, Acting CEO of ICD

Lauch of ADER report video (2 minutes)

Launch of promotional video for ICD’s history in supporting SMEs and Entrepreneurship industry in member countries (3 minutes)

Panel Discussion on the “Startups and SMEs Sector in Tunisia” (50 minutes)

High level report on SMEs and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Tunisia, (proposed E&Y, KPMG, etc…)

Panel Discussion’s Panelists:
• Moderator: Maher Mannai, ICD
• Mr. Mohamed Mallous, Wifak Bank
• Mr. Nabil Chahdoura, Themar Fund
• Dr. Nabil Ghalleb, Zitouna Tamkeen
• Mr. Bassam Bouguerra, Intilaq Fund

Q&A (5 minutes)


Session 2: “SMEs in Fragile and Conflict Settings, Challenges and Needs” (30 minutes)

• Moderator: Ms. Nida Raza: Director, Advisory Services Department, ICD
• Ms. Anette Hoffmann, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations
• Mr. Youssef Al-Kuraimi, Chairman of Al-Kuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank (KIMB)
• Guest Speaker: Mr. Wesam Qaid, Small and Micro Enterprises Promotion Agency (SMEPS), Yemen

Q&A (5 minutes)


Session 3: Improving the competitiveness of SMEs in Developing Economies - the role of SME Funds.


• Moderator: Ms. Nida Raza, Director, Advisory Services Department, ICD
• Mr. Nabil Chahdoura, Deputy General Manager, UGFS-North Africa
• Mr. Samer S. Yassa, Managing Director, EFG-Hermes Private Equity
• Mr. Benjamin Kouakou, Partner, Cauris Management
• Mr. Bert van der Vaart, CEO of SEAF (Small Enterprise Assistance Funds)

Q&A (5 minutes)


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