LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)

Capacity building seminar: Supporting SMEs in a time of crisis: how to choose the right actions (Trento, Italy)

 

A capacity building seminar
for policy makers and local development practitioners

12-15 October 2009, Trento, Italy

 

Organisers

The OECD LEED Trento Centre 

 

 

The Training Centre for International Cooperation

 

Background / Traget Countries / Participants' Profile / 
The Seminar / Material / Contact Details

 

Background

Small and medium-sized enterprises are key sources of dynamism, innovation, and flexibility. In OECD countries they account for over 95 percent of enterprises, generate two-thirds of employment and are one of the main sources of new jobs. Governments play an important role in stimulating more and stronger business start-ups, and in enabling companies to modernise and grow. They set the environment and policy framework in which new and small firms operate. In developing and transition economies, SMEs are key economic actors in resource allocation and industrial restructuring processes. They provide economic benefits, such as experimentation and adaptability to economic change and the growth of human capital.

Governments have a three-fold role in turning initial stages of entrepreneurship development into employment and economic growth. This involves i) enhancing the conversion of informal entrepreneurship into formal businesses; ii) providing growth and innovation support for companies and start-ups; and iii) addressing skills bottlenecks. To implement an entrepreneurship agenda, national governments will need to partner with local governments, the private sector, and civil society organisations. In finding out what works best and where the likely pitfalls are, much can be learned from OECD countries, Latin America and transition economies.

 

Target Countries

Central East and South East Europe

Latin America

Bulgaria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru

 

Participants' Profile

In order to ensure a dialogue between national and sub-national stakeholders in the entrepreneurship field, two participants were selected in each country between representatives of:

  • National, regional and local governments;
  • Business forums, e.g. chambers of commerce, trade federations, SME agents;
  • The education and training sector;
  • Local and regional development agencies.

 

The Seminar

The capacity building seminar lasted for 3.5 days and was based on a mix of short presentations by OECD and international experts followed by discussion, group work around practical case studies developed by participants and trainers prior to the seminar, and group work exercises.

The programme included study visits to Trentino entrepreneurship and SME development initiatives to view instruments used in the Province of Trento and considered as good practices by the OECD.

The Seminar built knowledge on:

Supporting SMEs in a time of crisis: how to choose the right actions

Open session for policy makers and practitioners to review the impact of the crisis on SMEs and to discuss the emerging policy solutions

SME needs and policy responses: a selection of business support instruments, the problems they address, and how they are delivered

a. New start-ups: fostering entrepreneurial activities

b. Addressing the SME finance gap and the role of co-operative banking

c. Supporting SME growth, productivity and innovation

Supporting social enterprises and local communities

– The role of social enterprises

– Working with the community (trust)

Creating entrepreneurship and SME strategies

– Setting objectives and priorities

– Integrating actions

– Involving stakeholders

– Creating an evidence base

 

Material

   Download the agenda

   Download the presentations

  Conclusions: main lessons and recommendations

   Short video interviews and video summaries of seminar lectures

 

Contact Details

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Alessandra Proto
Policy Analyst
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development
1, Vicolo San Marco
38122 Trento - Italy
Phone: +39 0461 277-602
Fax: +39 0461 277-650
e-mail: Alessandra.Proto@oecd.org

Mr. Corrado Gentilini
Training Centre for International Cooperation
1, Vicolo San Marco
38122 Trento - Italy
Phone: +39 0461 263-636
Fax: +39 0461 261-395
e-mail: info@tcic.eu

 

 

 

Countries list

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • European Union
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao (China)
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Administered Areas
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Serbia and Montenegro (pre-June 2006)
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands (UK)
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe