Role of credit guarantee scheme in the development of small and medium-sized enterprises: With emphasis on knowledge-based enterprises

Roohollah Aboojafari, Alireza Daliri, Farhad Taghi Zadeh Hesary, Mohammad Mokhtari, Mohsen Ekhitiari

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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their growth stage reach the point where, on the one hand, personal resources do not meet their needs, and, on the other, they do not have enough collateral to attract external financing. Access to financing can be facilitated by obtaining loans from financial institutions backed by governmental credit guarantees. Therefore, the development of a sound credit guarantee scheme will be an important step in filling the financing gap of SMEs. In this chapter, the situation of the credit guarantee scheme for SMEs in Iran has been investigated by using the available data and interviews with activists from this field with the grounded theory method. The weaknesses of the Iranian credit guarantee scheme have been shown, and based on the analysis, solutions and policy recommendations have been presented in accordance with the social and economic environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The most important problem is the lack of a credit database for comprehensive assessment of SMEs, especially knowledge-based enterprises. The lack of a robust database makes it impossible to carry out a comprehensive evaluation, because these models require a large amount of data. The lack of accurate models makes it difficult to rate credit status and thus to issue credit guarantees. In addition, the current level of the capital of the credit guarantee funds in Iran is not sufficient given the large number of SMEs in the country.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnlocking SME Finance in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationRoles of Credit Rating and Credit Guarantee Schemes
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780429684579
ISBN (Print)9781138353428
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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