Digital Financial Services in Agriculture and MSME Sectors

LightCastle Analytics Wing
June 30, 2021
Digital Financial Services in Agriculture and MSME Sectors

Bangladesh’s growth trajectory over the last decade has been exemplary with consistent economic growth led by RMG export, steady remittance flow, stable forex reserve, private-sector consumption and public sector investments. Despite the consistent growth, some sectors are still performing well below their potential such as – Agriculture and MSME. Digital Financial Services and their impact in Agriculture and MSME Sectors is highlighted here. These services could be greatly impactful to the overall economy of Bangladesh. The report discusses further.

Agriculture accounts for around 13.6% of the GDP of Bangladesh and employs about 40.6% of the total labor force of the country. The MSME sector is the largest segment of the national economy accounting for 25% of the GDP. Limited access to finance has been one of the core impediments for these sectors’ growth.

Between 2011 to 2018, Bangladesh’s overall financial inclusion grew by 56.3% fueled by strong policy support from the government, initiatives from the private sector and intervention by the multilateral development partners. The remarkable growth of Mobile Financial Services (MFS), agent banking services by scheduled banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFI), micro-enterprise lending programs by Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) expedited financial inclusion. However, only 37.2% of the population involved in the agriculture sector are financially included at present, while only 28.4% of the 8.1 Mn MSMEs are being served by the existing formal financial channel.

To accelerate the adoption of Digital Financial Services in agriculture and MSME sectors, our comprehensive report offers specific strategies and recommendations. We have engaged with key stakeholders, including MFS providers, microfinance institutions, banks, non-bank financial institutions, SME digital integrators, development finance institutions, and regulators, to identify challenges and opportunities.

Access our full report to delve deeper into sectoral challenges and opportunities we have unearthed in consultation with key stakeholder groups – MFS, MFIs, banks, NBFIs, SME digital integrators, development finance institutions, and regulators.

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WRITTEN BY: LightCastle Analytics Wing

At LightCastle, we take a systemic and data-driven approach to create opportunities for growth and impact. We are an international management consulting firm which creates systemic and data-driven opportunities for growth and impact in emerging markets. By collaborating with development partners and leveraging the power of the private sector, we strive to boost economies, inspire businesses, and change lives at scale.

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