Thursday January 25, 2018
9 am – 7 pm
The View Hotel, Rabat – Morocco
Objective: Infrastructure is a key development factor in emerging countries and requires massive financing. Funding opportunities come mainly from public sector and international development banks. Capital markets can play an important role in mobilizing long term savings to contribute to financing infrastructure projects. The main objective of this panel is twofold: debate on the main financing mechanisms, instruments, vehicles and investment options available in the region, and identification of the range of incentives and risk mitigation tools that can foster the mobilization of financing for infrastructure, particularly in capital markets.
Objective: Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) have emerged as a driving force for economic growth in emerging economies but are struggling in having access to financing both from banks and the capital markets. SME continue to face more stringent financing conditions and higher interest rates compared to large businesses, and find themselves even more at a disadvantage when attracting alternative sources of finance. This panel objective is to highlight key challenges that regulators and SME’s are facing in shifting from bank to market-based financing. Speakers may offer suggestions to further improve the SME financing environment.
Objective: This panel aims at addressing the issue of financing sustainability in the region particularly examining the growth opportunities and challenges that regulators are facing to develop this activity. Information disclosure, ESG reporting and labeling of green projects are the most important factors influencing the international investors’ decision making.
Objective: This panel addresses the issues related to integrated capital markets and the available opportunities of cross border transactions across the region. High level debate will focus on the drivers of the integration as well as the factors undermining this process. The panelists will deliver recommendations and key messages on how regulators may contribute to integrated markets and foster cross border transactions and regulation to better finance the massive financial needs of the region.