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IFC Launches MENA Women Banking Champions Program in Maghreb to Support Female Entrepreneurs

Rabat, Morocco, March 4, 2020— IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is launching its MENA Women Banking Champions program in Maghreb to help expand access to finance and boost financial inclusion for women entrepreneurs in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.
IFC and Morocco’s Central Bank (Bank Al-Maghrib), signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Rabat this week to advance Morocco’s national financial inclusion strategy and support a better access to finance for women-led businesses. The collaboration will focus on enabling better data and insights on women’s access to financial services provided by banks and financial institutions.
IFC’s Women Banking Champions program in MENA is implemented in partnership with Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
“Switzerland is proud to be contributing to the project ‘Women Banking Champions’ which corresponds to several of its priorities in terms of international cooperation, namely strengthening financial inclusion and increasing gender equality,” said Benjamin Frey, h ead of cooperation at the embassy of Switzerland in Morocco. “ In Morocco today, it is particularly important to support women’s efforts to achieve excellence, also because they can be a driving force of the economy.
The Middle East and North Africa region currently has the largest financial inclusion gender gap of any region in the world. About 56 percent of men but only 38 percent of women have a bank account.
“We believe in women entrepreneurs as change agents and drivers of economic growth,” said Xavier Reiller, IFC Country Manager for Morocco, Tunis and Algeria. “IFC is working to address this gap in Morocco, and more broadly across the region. Our partnership with Bank Al-Maghrib will help all banks across the country develop the strategies they need to serve this key untapped segment.”
IFC is planning a series of knowledge forums and events to share global best practice to the banking community in Morocco over the next year.
IFC’s Women Banking Champions program in MENA is part of IFC’s global Banking on Women program. Since its launch in 2010, IFC has invested, mobilized investment and provided expertise to over 50 financial institutions in 34 countries, with a cumulative committed portfolio of $1.35 billion, to catalyze financial services to women-owned SMEs around the world.
About IFC
IFC a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities where they are needed most. In fiscal year 2019, we delivered more than $19 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit .
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