20- 24
Cambodia Study Tour: How can MFIs and banks better serve agricultural clients?

Monday, July 20, 2015 to Friday, July 24, 2015

The World Bank’s Agricultural Finance Support Facility (AgriFin) in cooperation with Amret, a leading microfinance institution in Cambodia, is inviting senior MFI professionals and bankers from around the world to participate in a study tour to learn about innovative agricultural lending practices in Cambodia.

Approximately 25 participants will have the opportunity to:

  • learn about the agricultural lending operations of Amret, the loan products it offers for a wide range of clients, and processes and procedures that enable Amret to manage risk effectively;
  • visit Amret’s  field offices and get a close look at farm operations managed by Amret’s clients;
  • examine how mobile banking enables Amret to increase penetration in rural areas and reach agricultural clients in a more cost-effective way; and
  • engage and build professional relationships with a diverse range of international agriculture finance experts.

The program will be held in English and will provide banking and MFI professionals with in-depth technical understanding of Amret’s operations and demonstrate how a financial institution can penetrate a new market in a successful manner. Lessons garnered from this study tour will help participants improve and expand their agriculture finance in their home institutions.

The study tour will begin with a one day workshop where presentations will be given by senior Amret officials to provide an overview of Amret and a detailed description of its products and services. Three days of field visits will be concluded with a wrap-up workshop among the participants to gain an idea of lessons learned, highlights, and an opportunity for reflection. Click below for the technical program and registration.