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Addressing the financing challenge for SMEs and entrepreneurs is imperative for the creation of new jobs, stronger innovation and more sustainable growth. Following the worst financial and economic crisis in decades, as the global economy begins to turn the corner, financing difficulties for SMEs and entrepreneurs remain a stumbling block to recovery in many countries.
As part of the OECD LEED project on university support for entrepreneurship in eastern Germany, undertaken in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Regional Development, this handbook presents highlights of results of a series of case studies and a university survey.
Start-ups are gaining momentum in Latin America's innovation strategies. Start-up Latin America: Promoting Innovation in the Region analyses the role of policies in promoting the creation and expansion of start-ups. It provides a comparative snapshot of recent initiatives in six countries in the region to identify good practices and foster knowledge sharing to improve innovation policy design and implementation.
Business start-up rates remain below pre-crisis levels – particularly in the Euro area – indicating that entrepreneurs may continue to be suffering from restrictive lending conditions, according to new OECD data released in the latest issue of Entrepreneurship at a Glance.
The creation of innovative new firms and the development of SME innovation are strongly influenced by the extent to which localities offer environments that favour the transfer of knowledge to local business and provide the other resources required for innovative firm development, including skills, finance, advice, and supply chain partners.
To better integrate their economies into Global Value Chains, governments need a fine-tuned understanding of their dynamics and policies, and we have made considerable progress on this front. For example, we have learned that success in international markets depends as much on the capacity to import high-quality inputs as on the capacity to export: intermediate inputs account for over 2/3 of the goods and 70% of the services we trade.
This meeting will address high-level systematic approaches to responsible business conduct and identify priority areas for future action. In the wake of the Rana Plaza tragedy, Her Excellency Dr. Dipu Moni, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Bangladesh, will open the Forum and participate in a special session on Bangladesh and the textile industry.
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Document C/MIN(2013)18 from the Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level - Paris, 29-30 May 2013
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Document C/MIN(2013)15 from the Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level - Paris, 29-30 May 2013
The fifth edition of the Forum, on 31 May 2013. How can governments engage reforms in favour of higher productivity by more adequately addressing the needs of SMEs and by better including them in the production structure?