“We will thoroughly investigate the German Sparkassen model for the development of local public banks that operate within well defined regions” – Programme for Partnership Government, 2016 – This seminar sketches the idea of a public banking system orientated towards SMEs to close the credit supply gap that exists in the Irish economy. Such banks will improve access to finance for SMEs on a regional basis, and thus will ensure continuous economic development on a more uniform basis by creating a virtuous cycle within those communities. Please join us for this fascinating presentation on Wednesday 16th November from 10am until 3.30pm. Admission is FREE and open to the Public. Book online at www.rds.ie/Whats-On/Events/26638 or call: (01) 2407254 or librarydesk@rds.ie by email. Please provide your name, contact details and the number of seats required. Limited parking is available in the RDS Merrion Road Car Park.