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Title: Loan guarantee schemes for SMEs - the experience in Malaysia
Authors: Boocock, Grahame
Shariff, Mohd Noor Mohd
Issue Date: 1996
Publisher: © Practical Action Publishing
Citation: BOOCOCK, B. and SHARIFF, M.N.M., 1996. Loan guarantee schemes for SMEs - the experience in Malaysia. Small Enterprise Development, 7 (2), pp. 25-36.
Abstract: Government-backed loan schemes have been introduced in many countries to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to have access to funding at a reasonable cost. This paper evaluates the schemes offered in Malaysia by the Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC). The introduction emphasises the importance placed on the SME sector in achieving fully-industrialised status for Malaysia, and highlights the fact that the CGC has been charged with a critical role in assisting SMEs. The paper then describes the operation of the CGC and its place within the spectrum of finance aimed at SMEs, before presenting the findings of an empirical review. Three key areas are explored: the relationship between small firms, banks and the CGC; the level of finance additionality in evidence; and the level of economic additionality generated. In each of these areas, the CGC’s effectiveness in meeting the needs of SMEs, banks and the wider economy appears to have been limited. The paper then describes a radical new Scheme introduced by the CGC and assesses whether this Scheme will enable the CGC to achieve its objectives, notably a greater degree of finance and economic additionality. Finally, the implications of the CGC's experience for other developing countries are summarised.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.3362/0957-1329.1996.013
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8191
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3362/0957-1329.1996.013
ISSN: 0957-1329
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