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  • 28-November-2019

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    Launch of “Digital for SMEs” Initiative

    SMEs and entrepreneurs are as much at the heart of these disruptive and fast evolving global trends as some of the more obvious, bigger names that may come to mind. They should be considered powerful players. Indeed, their intrinsic agility can help countries adapt quickly to these major structural shifts that are changing the rules of the game.

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  • 5-July-2019

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    The Western Balkans Berlin Process Summit – Leaders Session on Youth entrepreneurship

    Our discussions have underscored once more that small and medium enterprises must be the very backbone of a prospering economy (in OECD countries, they account for over 95% of firms). This is why to make growth stronger and more inclusive, we must create an enabling market environment for SMEs and strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit in Southeast Europe.

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  • 20-May-2019

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    Launch of the 2019 OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook

    Digitalisation is disrupting markets, business models and work practices, reshaping our economies, societies and lives. Many people are afraid of these disruptions, particularly given the challenging backdrop of subdued economic growth, widening geopolitical and trade tensions, entrenched inequalities, and rapid environmental degradation and climate change.

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  • 12-April-2019

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    Launch of the 2019 OECD Scoreboard on Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs

    This year’s edition of the Scoreboard – the eighth in our flagship series – evaluates debt, equity, asset-based finance, and conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance in 46 countries. It also provides an assessment of recent SME-related policy developments.

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  • 19-March-2019

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    Mayors and Ministers Roundtable: Mayors, Ministers, Megatrends: Principles for Collective Action

    Cities today are on the frontline of many of the most pressing global challenges of our time – globalisation, digitalisation, ageing, migration, climate change and environmental degradation. These so-called megatrends, are already dramatically changing the way we live and work in our cities. Let me provide some context.

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  • 18-March-2019

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    Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth

    We cannot dispute the growing importance of cities. Cities today concentrate more than half of people, jobs and GDP in OECD countries. Capital regions, have become centres of entrepreneurship and innovation; in fact, enterprise creation and employment creation by new firms are more than 60% higher in capitals.

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  • 18-March-2019

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    Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth, Launch of the Athens Roadmap

    The great majority of the population of the OECD lives in cities. Indeed, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Since we launched the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative in 2016, 60 mayors from around the world have joined forces to address rising inequalities.

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  • 13-February-2019

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    OECD Forum on Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment & Footwear Sector

    Enterprises operating in the sector have the potential to generate growth, employment and skills development, if and only if they ensure responsible operations and sourcing in their supply chains. Unfortunately, human rights and labour abuses as well as harm to the environment by enterprises remain prevalent throughout the supply chain in this sector.

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  • 10-October-2018

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    Launch of the OECD Review of SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Indonesia

    Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are a key driver of economic growth and social inclusion. In the OECD area, they account for about 70% of total employment and between 50% and 60% of value added. In emerging and developing economies, they contribute to more than one third of GDP and account for between 34% and 52% of formal employment.

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  • 21-July-2018

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    G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting - Session3: Advancing the Roadmap to Infrastructure as an Asset Class

    I want to congratulate the Argentinian Presidency for developing the Roadmap to Infrastructure as an Asset Class. The OECD strongly supports this important initiative and has actively contributed to its development over the past months.

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