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MSMEs in the Forest Sector: Approaches to Promoting access to finance

This session will showcase the activities of Financiera Rural de Desarrollo in Mexico related to financing in the forest sector. In particular, the presenter will focus on : 1/ characteristics of lending to MSMEs in forest sector, key challenges and opportunities 2/ Public support to this type of lending: rationale and mechanisms for public support, 3/ Perspectives The Presenter will deconstruct projects in order to explain the various components of each intervention as well as to encourage participants to think about how to adapt each approach to their specific projects.

About the Presenters

Héctor Manlio Peña Jiménez

Héctor Manlio Peña Jiménez is Executive Director of Programs and Products at FND. Before joining FND, Héctor has worked at different entities in the Public Sector in Mexico and he has also served as Economist at the World Bank and at the Inter-American Development Bank. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and a master’s degree in economics from ESSEX University in the United Kingdom.

Panos Varangis

Since 2014, Panos has been involved in projects around the globe that facilitate financing for farmers and Agribusiness SMEs by working on public policy issues and specific financial products that involve the private sector. Prior to that Panos led IFC’s advisory work to improve access to finance for SMEs, agribusinesses and farmers. Panos was also involved in IFC’s Sustainable Energy Finance program promoting financial solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Before joining IFC, Panos served as the Deputy CEO of the Agricultural Bank of Greece (2004-2009). From 1987 to 2004, he worked at the World Bank in various positions at the International Commodities Division, the International Trade Division, the Bank’s Research Department and at the Agricultural and Rural Development Department where he oversaw a global program on commodity risk management and index insurance. Panos holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in New York.

Ajai Nair

Ajai Nair is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist in the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice of the World Bank Group (WBG). He works primarily on countries in Sub-Saharan Africa focusing on agriculture finance, SME finance, and financial inclusion. He has written extensively on these areas and has managed World Bank technical assistance and lending operations. Previously, he managed global WBG initiatives that provided dedicated technical assistance on agriculture finance and financial inclusion respectively. Ajai has graduate degrees in Public Affairs from Princeton University and in Agricultural Economics from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Questions Submitted

jose luis

- Jul 13, 2021
muy bueno


- Jan 20, 2021
Great course! informative and knowledgeable documents.


- Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Illakkuvan

- Jun 6, 2019
Very Good........


- May 23, 2019
Very interesting

Waqar Aamir

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- Mar 30, 2019
MSMEs access to finance is essential for development
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