Familiarize Luxembourg public with the news of financial inclusion sector
Banque de Luxembourg, InFiNe.lu, BRS
Some key figures since its creation in 2006
38 events, 57 speakers from around the world, 29 associate partners and sponsors
38th Midi de la microfinance et de l'inclusion financière
Wednesday 8 March, 12:00-14:00
Banque de Luxembourg,
14 Boulevard Royal - Luxembourg
At the previous Midi meeting entitled Small is Powerful, when the role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the fight against poverty was discussed, Patrick Losch, a member of ADA’s Board, stated that entrepreneurial spirit was stronger in Southern countries than in Europe.
At this 38th Midi, we will continue to explore this view and focus on the new face of [CL1] entrepreneuring in Africa. In fact, the continent is becoming something of an Eldorado for the development of SMEs. African entrepreneurs from the educated middle classes are shaking up the economy and creating innovative start-ups, not only in the technology sector but also in the agri-food, building, healthcare, tourism and energy sectors.
A genuine entrepreneurial revolution is underway. These SMEs are becoming an increasingly significant vector for job creation and economic growth across the continent.
It is estimated that in the years to come, Africa could even rival with China or Europe. Africa’s GDP could reach that of the European Union currently by 2050, with a population rising to two billion!
With this in mind, Jean-Michel Severino and Jérémy Hajdenberg, from impact investment group Investisseurs & Partenaires, set out to describe the emergence of these SMEs in their book, ‘Enterprising Africa’. They describe a new age where African entrepreneurs drive their countries’ growth and help improve living standards.
So what role can microfinance play in their emergence? How can we invest in these SMEs despite the uncertainties and risks inherent to the continent? Will funds develop the tools required for development?
Who are the future businesspeople of Africa, who are transforming the continent? What profile do they have and what challenges do they face on the road to success? Above all, what how will this change the face of Africa?
All of these questions will be addressed during this Midi de la microfinance, when Jean-Michel Severino, co-author of the book ‘Entreprenante Afrique’ and President of the ‘Investisseurs & Partenaires’ group, will talk about the entrepreneurial momentum gathering in Sub-Saharan Africa and the ensuing new opportunities. He will speak alongside Eric Campos, Managing Director at Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation, who will share his working experience with African SMEs as a ‘social business’ investor.
Discussions between the two speakers will be moderated by Luc Vandeweerd, Executive Advisor at ADA, with a conclusion from Laura Foschi, Deputy Director of ADA (Luxembourg).
Born in Abidjan in 1957, Severino devoted himself to the nascent area of impact investing to support the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. A choice that is part of a career focused primarily on international development and its financing.
Severino was Director of Development at the French Ministry of Cooperation, Vice President for East Asia at the World Bank (1996-2000), and Director General of the French Development Agency (AFD) From 2001 to 2010.
He is currently President of Investors & Partners (I & P) and shares his expertise in numerous books, the latest of which, co-written with Jérémy Hajdenberg, is "Entreprenante Afrique".
Mr. Campos has extensive experience in retail banking, in France and internationally, and in development assistance.
In 1993, he joined the Agence Française de Développement to conduct evaluation missions to development programs in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
In 1996, he was seconded to the finance company for the development of Réunion.
In 2001, he joined the Crédit Agricole Group. Between 2006 and 2010, he joined Crédit Agricole SA International Retail Banking to take on development functions.
Lucienne Andring joined Banque de Luxembourg in 2000, where she held various positions, including being head of relationship management for UCITS funds and setting-up and heading a team servicing funds investing in illiquid assets.
She was in charge of microfinance, impact and energy efficiency funds initiated by specialized investment managers and development finance institutions.
Mrs Andring has extensive experience in depositary and central administration services for investment funds. She is a member of various working groups at ALFI and LPEA.
Luc Vandeweerd graduated in 1978 from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium with a Master's degree in Social Communication.
He has worked for 20 years at the International Labor Organization (ILO) as an expert in cooperatives and microfinance on various technical cooperation projects in Africa.
From 1992 to 2002, Mr. Vandeweerd was appointed Director of the PASMEC project in Dakar, Senegal, to support the development of microfinance in West Africa. This project was implemented by the ILO in collaboration with the Central Bank of West African States. In 2002, he joined the NGO ADA in Luxembourg.
"L'Afrique, un eldorado pour les PME et les start-up?" (Challenges.fr) [French]
"La microfinance permettra de développer les PME en Afrique" (CGAP) [French]
"L'entrepreneur africain est persévérant et résilient" (Le Point Afrique) [French]
12.00 - Welcome - Lucienne Andring, Banque of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
12.05 - Entreprenante Afrique : The era of SMEs- Conference-debate with Jean-Michel Severino, President of the Investors and Partners (I & P) fund for African SMEs and co-author of "Entreprenante Afrique" General Delegate of the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation (France), moderated by Luc Vandeweerd, Advisor to the Management of ADA (Luxembourg)
12.55 - Conclusion - Laura Foschi, Deputy Director of ADA (Luxembourg)
13.00 - Lunch-Buffet
The conference will be held in French.
The 38th Midi of Microfinance is organized by ADA with the support of the Directorate of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action of Luxembourg and InFiNe.lu and in collaboration with the Bank of Luxembourg.
The “Midis de la microfinance” are jointly organised by ADA, the Banque de Luxembourg, and BRS. They are supported by the Luxembourg Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and InFiNe.lu. The conferences are held during lunch breaks, between 12 and 2 pm. Their agenda includes the presentation by an inclusive-finance expert of a study or a practical case, which is followed by a Question and Answer session and buffet lunch.