Panama: Loans Conference for SMEs

The show, organized by the Panamanian Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Authority (AMPyME in Spanish), will be held on 1 and 2 of September in the Atlapa Conference Center.

Monday, August 30, 2010


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The idea of the show is to gather under one roof as many financial institutions as possible with products for the MSME sector with the aim of providing small companies with the support they need to develop their businesses.

Panama's AMPyME minister, Giselle Burillo, told Panamá América that, "the event is backed by the Guarantees Fund which may be able to cover a percentage of any loans taken out, depending on the economic activity being undertaken".

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