Celebrating World MSME Day: NEXIM Bank's Commitment to Sustainable Growth for MSMEs in Africa

Celebrating World MSME Day: NEXIM Bank's Commitment to Sustainable Growth for MSMEs in Africa

On June 27th, 2024, NEXIM Bank proudly participated in the World MSME Day event organized by the MSME Secretariat in collaboration with the African Union. Held at the NAF Conference Centre in Abuja, this significant gathering was themed "Provision of Sustainable Single-Digit Loans for MSMEs: A Continental Issue with Continental Solution." The event highlighted the collective efforts and commitment of various stakeholders towards fostering growth and sustainability for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across Africa.

A Day to Remember

World MSME Day is celebrated annually on June 27th to recognize the critical role that MSMEs play in economic development, job creation, and poverty alleviation. This year's event was particularly impactful, bringing together key players from across the continent to discuss and address the financial challenges faced by MSMEs.

NEXIM Bank, led by its Managing Director and Chief Executive, Mr. Abba Bello, was at the forefront of the discussions. Mr. Bello's Goodwill Message resonated with the audience as he emphasized the urgent need to fast-track the implementation of innovative financial instruments like Factoring to enhance access to funds for MSMEs across Africa.

The Theme: A Continental Issue with a Continental Solution

The theme of this year's event, "Provision of Sustainable Single-Digit Loans for MSMEs: A Continental Issue with Continental Solution," underscores the shared challenges and opportunities faced by MSMEs in Africa. Access to affordable financing remains a significant barrier to the growth and sustainability of these enterprises. Single-digit interest loans are essential in providing the necessary financial support without burdening MSMEs with high-interest rates that can stifle their development.

The event brought to light various strategies and solutions that can be implemented at a continental level to address these issues. By collaborating and sharing best practices, African countries can develop a cohesive approach to support their MSMEs effectively.

NEXIM Bank's Role and Commitment

NEXIM Bank has long been a champion for the growth and development of MSMEs in Nigeria and across Africa. The bank's participation in this event reaffirms its dedication to providing financial solutions that cater to the unique needs of MSMEs. Mr. Abba Bello's address highlighted the importance of implementing financial instruments such as Factoring. Factoring allows businesses to sell their receivables to a third party at a discount, thus providing immediate access to funds. This mechanism can be a game-changer for MSMEs, offering them a reliable source of working capital and enhancing their ability to scale their operations.

Moving Forward

As we celebrate World MSME Day, it is crucial to recognize that the journey towards sustainable growth for MSMEs is a collective one. Governments, financial institutions, and development agencies must work together to create an enabling environment that supports the financial needs of these enterprises.

NEXIM Bank remains committed to this cause, continuously seeking innovative ways to support MSMEs. By fostering partnerships and advocating for the implementation of effective financial instruments, NEXIM Bank aims to ensure that MSMEs have the resources they need to thrive.


The World MSME Day event at the NAF Conference Centre in Abuja was a testament to the collective efforts and dedication towards supporting MSMEs in Africa. NEXIM Bank, under the leadership of Mr. Abba Bello, continues to play a pivotal role in this journey, advocating for financial solutions that empower MSMEs to achieve sustainable growth.

As we look to the future, let us remember that the success of MSMEs is integral to the economic prosperity of Africa. By providing sustainable financial solutions and fostering a supportive ecosystem, we can unlock the full potential of MSMEs and drive the continent towards a brighter economic future.