Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) Policy Index



The SME Policy Index is a benchmarking tool for emerging economies to monitor and evaluate progress in policies that support SMEs. Since its creation in 2006, the Index has been applied to several countries in regions including the Western Balkans, Middle East and North Africa, the ASEAN and the Eastern Partnership Countries. The Index was developed by the OECD in partnership with the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the European Training Foundation.

The SME Policy Index provides a framework to help governments identify strengths and weaknesses in policy design and implementation, and enables comparison across countries and measures convergence towards EU SME policy standards. It supports governments in improving the business environment with the help of policy dialogue, exchange of experiences and OECD good practices.

The Index assesses the following policy dimensions:

  • education and training for entrepreneurship
  • cheaper and faster start-up
  • better legislation and regulation
  • availability of skills
  • improving online access for tax filing and company registration
  • getting more out of the Single Market
  • taxation and financial matters
  • strengthening the technological capacity of small enterprises
  • successful e-business models and top class business support
  • developing stronger, more effective representation of small enterprises

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  • Upcoming: Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa 2014

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