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Rethingking finance for Africa's small firms

Paul Collier Oxford University
African banks had just started to show interest in SMEs when the global crisis reversed the tide. The risk for SMEs is that they will suddenly be barred  access to credit whereas they need long-term financing more than ever before and Africa's financial systems are unable to meet this demand. This situation  will only improve if there is a better dissemination of information on SSA's markets that would make it easier for investors to identify high-quality SMEs.
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