UAE company keen to promote financial inclusion of SMEs in Pakistan



A delegation of UAE-based company InvoiceMate Wednesday visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry to introduce their invoice management system on blockchain for promoting financial inclusion of SMEs in Pakistan.

Muhammad Salman Anjum Founder & CEO, Saeed Alhebsi Co-Founder of InvoiceMate and Advisor on Artificial Intelligence to the Ministry of Human Resource and Emiratization of UAE, Muhammad Zeeshan Abid Co-Founder & Product Design Lead at InvoiceMate were in the delegation. Ms. Rashida Bajwa, Assistant Director (ME-I), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan accompanied the delegation.

Speaking at the occasion, Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) welcomed the UAE delegation and assured them of full support in rolling out the blockchain powered financial inclusion enabler InvoiceMate for SMEs in Pakistan.

He lauded the efforts of InvoiceMate for revolutionizing invoice financing by enabling financial inclusion of SMEs and informal businesses.

He said that the financial inclusion of SME was very important to accelerate the economic growth in Pakistan.

He said that SMEs get only around 6% credit of the total private sector credit in Pakistan, which is less than 1% of GDP and is a major hurdle in their growth and urged that the government to increase credit to SMEs to at least 20 percent that would boost business activities and put Pakistan on the path of sustainable growth. Speaking at the occasion, Muhammad Salman Anjum CEO, Saeed Alhebsi Co-Founder of InvoiceMate said that they were keen to create sustainable financial inclusion opportunities in the Pakistan market. —APP