Egyptian SMEs

20 Sep 2016

What is the current state of SMEs in Egypt?


  • Does SME promotion make a difference? Where is the evidence?
  • Are the new government initiatives to finance SMEs achievable?
  • Where are the Egyptian venture capital firms and angel investors? Why are there so few?
  • Should there be one government body responsible for SMEs? What should it do?
  • What do SMEs really want from policy-makers and financiers?

Moderator: Victoria Behn, Director, Middle East and Africa, Euromoney Conferences


  • Hany Al-Sonbaty, Managing Director, Sawari Ventures
  • Hanaa El Hilaly, Managing Director and Board Member, Amwal Financial Investments
  • Reem El Saady, Principal Manager, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Gamal Khalifa, Head of Microfinance, Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA)
  • Shehab Marzban, Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministry of International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Alan McIver, Commercial Manager – Accelerate SME, Thomson Reuters