SOAS University of London

Corporate finance in Africa - how does fintech address access to finance by small and medium enterprises?

25 February 2019
ENSEA Workshop

Professor Victor Murinde, AXA Chair in Global Finance, was invited to deliver a workshop on ‘financial technologies (fintech) for financial inclusion’ at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée d’Abidjan (ENSEA) - the National School of Statistics and Applied Economics in Abidjan, on the 11th February at Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

The workshop covered the new research frontiers in economics and finance, such as financial technologies (fintech), inclusive finance, sustainable economic development as stated in the UN sustainable development goals. It shed light on the big elephant in the room: Corporate finance in Africa - how does fintech address access to finance by small and medium enterprises? In addition, it discussed a number of unresolved puzzles, including empirical work on capital structure, the dividend policy puzzle, the relationship between corporate investment and uncertainty.

This workshop is a collaborative training between the National School of Statistics and Applied Economics in Abidjan (ENSEA) and the Centre for Global Finance at SOAS University of London (CGF), which aims to deliver intensive research training to support the PhD programme at ENSEA and, effectively, research training to participants from many countries in Africa.

Next time, Professor Murinde will talk about the ‘diffusion of Fintech’ at the International Conference of Statistics and Applied Economics (CISEA), on 17-19 June 2019 at Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. He will discuss the accumulation of technologies within each country in the world and the speed at which financial technologies are transmitted from one household to another, from one company to another, from one country to another. He will also speak about policies that companies and countries can use to embark successfully on financial technology uses.  

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An Interview with Prof Victor Murinde

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