Bank Loans as a Source of Financing Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises in Western Balkans.The Kosovo Case Study.
Keywords:banking system, SME, financing, bank loans, NPL
It is accepted worldwide that a healthy banking system play a crucial role in the economic development of a country. Also, the role and importance of the banking system in developed and developing countries (including Kosovo) is unquestionable. This is evident especially in financing business needs of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which generate income and employment. However, financing SMEs’ needs by banks, often is accompanied with problems and various challenges.The aim of this paper is to highlight the role and importance of banks on financing business needs of SMEs, identify problems which arise, by giving recommendations on solving the aforementioned, which would be beneficial for both parties. Hence, this paper offers important implications for banks, SMEs, as well as for policymakers.