NBP roundtable reviews Covid-19 microfinance concerns.


KARACHI -- The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) hosted a virtual roundtable meeting recently to discuss the issues and challenges facing the non-bank microfinance institutions (NBMFIs) and their customers as a consequence of the economic slowdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a press release, the roundtable was attended by the CEOs of Pakistan's largest NBMFIs, including the National Rural Support Programme, Kashf Foundation, Damen Support Programme, SAFCO Support Programme, Thardeep Foundation, Rural Community Development Programme and Agahi.

The consultation was presided and initiated on the leadership of NBP president Arif Usmani, and included chairman Zubyr Soomro and Sadaffe Abid, NBP director of the chair of inclusive development committee. Key sector players such as the CEOs of Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) and the Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC) were also invited to examine the state of the microfinance industry and explore opportunities to develop a sector wide approach, the statement added.

The purpose of the April 23 roundtable was to assess the nature, size and scale of...

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