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Studies and Applied Researches

1- Studies
The SME Unit is expanding its services to include knowledge management by availing various studies and applied researches that reflect the Int’l best practices, success stories and current status of SMEs in Egypt. In 2010 , the first publication was issued related to Access to Finance: Forms of Financing for SMEs in Egypt.
The main objective of this study is to further investigate the difficulties that a significant number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) claim having in accessing finance from banks. The key question at the core of this study is whether SMEs are experiencing difficulties in accessing bank finance due to issues related to the demand side and those related to the supply side. The research aims at providing a preliminary insight into the demand and supply-side processes related to SME bank financing in Egypt. This study was conducted by the EBI in cooperation with the Egyptian - German Private Sector Development Program (GTZ) and PlaNet Finance.​
The objective of this study is to assess progress in the development of SME banking in Egypt, whereas it  contributes to the current debate on moving SME banking forward. As well as it proposes a new approach to policy makers and outlines the main components of such  policy. The study also demonstrates  the current status and banks' views of SME banking in Egypt.
2- Applied Researches
Semiannual SMEs Best Practices Publication:
A series of publications gathering information and data on the different successful experiences and applying best practices in various disciplines within the field of SMEs worldwide.


SMEs Experience in Malaysia

SMEs have long been recognized as the backbone to any economy as they have been an important generator of employment and growth. Similarly in Malaysia, SMEs account for about 99% of total business establishments that provide employment for about 56% of the total labour force. Accordingly, it is important to shed lights on the Malaysian experience as a model of a success story for the government’s efforts in the enhancement of such an important sector by developing a competitive, productive and resilient SME sector in order to achieve balanced economic development with higher standards of living.




Financing Small and Medium Enterprises_The Indian Experience_FINAL.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro.pdfFinancing Small and Medium Enterprises_The Indian Experience_FINAL.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro.pdf
The small and medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a catalyst role in the development process of most economies as they constitute a major part of the industrial activity in such economies. This is reflected in the form of their increasing number and rising proportion in the overall product manufacturing, employment, technical innovations and promotion of entrepreneurial skills.
The contribution of SMEs in the development of India economy has been significant, both in terms of contribution to GDP and creation of employment opportunities. The main reason behind choosing India in the third publication of the SME unit is its competency that carved out a niche in facilitating access to finance to MSMEs as well as creating the enabling environment for the sector to perform better.
Compared to India, Egypt's economy is relatively small and hence the challenges are less. However, depending on the resemblance of the Egyptian and Indian environment in terms of high population and being developing countries, it is an opportunity to grasp some of the lessons learned and present success stories in the study.