Lessons from the global crisis
and the way forward to job creation and growth
17-18 November 2010, OECD (Paris)
High level policymakers, representatives from financial institutions and entrepreneurs from 31 OECD and several non OECD countries met at the OECD in Paris on 17-18 November to design a roadmap to ensure that SMEs and entrepreneurship make their fullest contribution to the job creation needed now to help governments recover from the crisis and to secure sustainable growth over the longer term.
The meeting took place on the tenth anniversary of the first OECD Ministerial Conference on SMEs, held in Bologna (Italy) in June 2000 (see OECD Bologna Process on SME & Entrepreneurship Policies).
The meeting was chaired by Frédéric Lefebvre, Secretary of State for Trade, Crafts, SMEs, Tourism and Services, Liberal Professions and Consumption, Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Employment of France, with Angel Gurria by Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary General; Sabine Laruelle, Minister for SMEs, Independants, Agriculture and Scientific Policy, Belgium, and; Lars Thunell, Executive Vice President and CEO, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group).
The debates were structured around three sessions (the related issues papers are available under "Downloads"):
1. Innovative SMEs and entrepreneurship for job creation and growth.
2. Better SME and entrepreneurship financing for job creation and growth.
3. SMEs and green growth: Promoting sustainable manufacturing and eco-innovation in small firms