Islamic Banking and Finance : Opportunities Across Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the Kyrgyz Republic

By: Contributor(s): Resource type: Ressourcentyp: Buch (Online)Book (Online)Language: English Series: Other papers | World Bank E-Library ArchivePublisher: Washington, D.C : The World Bank, 2016Description: 1 Online-RessourceDOI: DOI: 10.1596/25777Online resources: Summary: Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), are the drivers of Kyrgyz economic growth and key contributors to sustainable gross domestic product (GDP). Since the country achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, MSMEs became one of the prime supports of the economy as the number of industrial enterprises declined. Most MSMEs are engaged in the trade and trade-related sectors. These generate significant employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled labor alike. Despite their importance to economic development, however, the growth of the country's MSMEs has been hindered by their limited access to banking services, along with high tax rates, and inconsistent policies. Thus, government support programs and assistance from multilateral agencies and policy makers are essential to MSME growth. The Bank Advisory Services of IFC's Financial Institutions Group provides advisory services to banks in aid of strengthening their capacity and increasing their outreach to the MSME sector. This is achieved through capacity building, training, knowledge sharing, and dissemination of best practices in MSME banking and risk management. IFC's primary goal is to increase the number of banks that offer banking services to MSMEs in a profitable and sustainable manner. The organization is globally recognized as a market leader in MSME banking, through its various regional engagements. IFC is also recognized for its global expertise and knowledge in this area. In response to growing market demand, IFC has recently enhanced its advisory services to include Islamic financing. In this respect, the National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic has also expressed an interest in exploring this segment of the market. Indeed, the NBKR is already looking at the possibility of putting regulations for Islamic banking in place. The study reveals a funding potential ofPPN: PPN: 1724892029Package identifier: Produktsigel: ZDB-1-WBA
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