The SME Financing Gap (Vol. II)

Proceedings of the Brasilia Conference, 27-30 March 2006

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A significant number of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could use funds productively if they were available, but are often denied access to financing. This impedes their creation and growth. The "financing gap" was the subject of the OECD Global Conference on "Better Financing for Entrepreneurship & SME Growth", held in Brasilia, Brazil in March 2006. This book presents a synthesis of the Conference discussions on the credit and equity financing gaps, as well as on private equity definitions and measurements. It also offers a selection of papers given by some of the key stakeholders (SMEs, government and financial institutions) confronting these important issues.



Final Plenary Session: Financial Innovations for SME Credit and Equity Financing: The Contributions of Markets and Governments

Difficulties in accessing finance are often cited as a barrier to SME growth. However, there is usually little empirical evidence to test this assumption. This paper presents the results of surveys of firms’ experiences in seeking debt and equity finance in Canada (2001) and New Zealand (2004).


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