OECD conference on SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Udine, Italy, 22-23 October 2009


13/10/2009 - Innovative small and new firms play a key role in driving economic growth. How can governments help them continue to grow in the midst of an economic crisis? Are new policies needed to support entrepreneurs? These issues will be discussed at an international conference in Udine, Italy, on 22-23 October 2009. Journalists are welcome to attend.

Hosted by the Udine Chamber of Commerce, this International Conference on SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation will bring together high-level representatives from both the public and private sectors, including entrepreneurs, bankers, policy makers and academics.

“The OECD has increasingly looked at entrepreneurship, SMEs and innovation as key drivers of economic growth and employment development in the 21st century”, said OECD Deputy Secretary General Pier Carlo Padoan. “I welcome this opportunity to take the debate to the local level where we need to help design and implement local policies that allow entrepreneurs and SMEs to fully develop their potential to innovate”.

Recommendations from the conference will form the basis of an input into the OECD’s Innovation Strategy and the main results of the conference will be published by the OECD.

Media arrangements: 
•         Journalists will have free access to the presentations and debates throughout the conference.
•         Journalists will be free to interview individual participants during breaks and when available.

To register attendance, journalists are requested to contact Marco Marchese in the OECD’s LEED Programme at – tel +33145247856.
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