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SEDF, U Bank join hands for provision of subsidised credit to MSMEs in Sindh

11:19 AM | 3 Dec, 2022
SEDF, U Bank join hands for provision of subsidised credit to MSMEs in Sindh

KARACHI - Sindh Enterprise Development Fund (SEDF) and U Microfinance Bank (U Bank) have formed an Institutional Collaboration to provide subsidized credit for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Sindh.

The agreement aims to foster economic development through the provision of subsidized credit facilities for innovative projects in Sindh.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of this partnership was signed by Ms Mariam Pervaiz, Chief Commercial Officer & Chief of Staff – U Microfinance Bank and Mr Khizar Pervaiz, CEO – SEDF, while the signing ceremony was presided over by Mr Kabeer Naqvi, President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank and Mr Syed Qassim Naveed Qamar, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh for Investment Department and PPP Projects.

The event was attended by various officials and dignitaries from the public and private sectors, including Syed Mansoor Abbas Rizvi, Secretary to the Government of Sindh-Investment Department, other members of the SEDF Board of Directors, and senior management officials from U Microfinance Bank. 

Under the said agreement, U Bank will provide micro-loans to MSMEs in Sindh and SEDF will provide mark-up subsidy on these loans to develop entrepreneurial ability in the rural economy of Sindh. The expected outcome of the collaboration between SEDF and U Bank is to create a win-win situation for all stakeholders and create an enabling environment that is conducive to financial inclusion and balanced growth.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kabeer Naqvi, President & CEO – U Microfinance Bank stated, “The rural sector of our country is currently going through challenging times in light of the recent climate change and its impact. Public and private partnerships at such a time are key to helping uplift the masses and economically enable them. Providing subsidized loans to MSMEs will not just enhance the spirit of entrepreneurship and improve incomes, but will also in the long run create employment opportunities and facilitate financial inclusion in rural as well as urban regions.” 

 This collaboration is a step towards the financial inclusion of vital segments of the economy that are often overlooked by larger financing institutions. This will lead to the modernization of the rural economy of Sindh and pave the way for the overall growth of Pakistan’s economy.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 4, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 4 March 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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