CBN Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF) 2022

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The CBN launched the MSME Development Fund with a share capital of N220 billion. The Fund was established in recognition of the significant contributions of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sub-sector to the economy and the existing huge financing gap.

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Ten (10) per cent of the Fund has been devoted to developmental objectives such as grants, capacity building and administrative costs while ninety (90) per cent commercial component will be released to Participating Financial Institutions(PFIs) at 2% for on-lending to MSMEs at a maximum interest rate of 9% per annum.

Eligible activities to be financed include agricultural value chain, services, cottage industries, artisans, trade and commerce and any income-generating business as may be prescribed by the CBN from time to time.

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Objectives of the MSMEDF

The broad objective of the Fund is to channel low-interest funds to the MSME sub-sector of the Nigerian economy through PFIs to:

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  • Enhance access by MSMEs to financial services;
  • Increase productivity and output of microenterprises;
  • Increase employment and create wealth; and
  • Engender inclusive growth

Benefits of the MSMEDF to Some Stakeholders

  • PFIs
    The Developmental Components will be utilized for capacity building of staff of PFIs, research and provision of other financial services infrastructure
  • MSMEs
    Long term single-digit loans at 9% p.a. This has resulted in reduced cost of borrowing which will impact positively on the earnings of the MSMEs
  • Microfinance Sub-sector
    The Fund will provide liquidity for the sub-sector and result in general improvement of the financial system stability
  • General Public
    Job creation
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Eligible Activities under the MSMEDF

In line with the provisions of the Revised Microfinance Policy, Regulatory and Supervisory Framework for Nigeria, enterprises to be funded under the Scheme include:

  1. Micro Enterprises
  2. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

The following are eligible activities under the Fund:
Microenterprises

  • Agricultural value chain activities
  • Cottage Industries
  • Artisans
  • Services
  • Renewable energy/energy-efficient products and technologies
  • Trade and general commerce
  • Other economic activity as may be prescribed by the CBN

Note: Only 10% of the Commercial component of the Fund shall be channelled to trade and commerce

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