Improving SME Policy in Libya


Supporting SMEs and entrepreneurship in Libya will be essential to support post-conflict recovery in the short term, and economic diversification in the long term. 

Project description

The OECD has been working with Libya since 2013 under a project funded by the MENA Transition Fund - an initiative of the G7 Deauville Partnership. The goal of the project is to support SME and entrepreneurship in the country, and we have been actively engaged working with Libya Enterprise and other key stakeholders. The project comprises five key components:

SMEs in Libya Reconstruction cover• Component 1: Developing a Diagnostic study providing an in-depth look of the SME environment in Libya. The report was officially launched on 3 October 2016 during the MENA-OECD Ministerial. (See final report: SMEs in Libya's Reconstruction. Preparing for a Post-Conflict Economy)

‌• Component 2: Developing a short-Term Action Plan to support SME policies.

• Component 3: Improving the Legal framework for enterprise creation and growth, supporting Libya Enterprise in the development of an SME bill.

• Component 4: Assisting in the implementation, building on the Short-Term Action Plan and building capacity within Libyan institutions.

• Component 5: Improving access to finance for SMEs, assessing and assisting in the establishment of an SME funding mechanism.

Recent news

Workshop: SME Development Strategy in Libya, 8 December 2016 – Tunis, Tunisia

Working session

The MENA Competitiveness Programme, in collaboration with Libya Enterprise, organised a workshop to officially launch Phase II of the project. Over 40 participants attended the workshop, including the members of the Project Steering Committee. The main objectives of the meeting were to:

  • Convene the Project Steering Committee meeting (PSC) to present the results from the SME diagnostic and to endorse the work-plan for the new phase of the project.
  • Kick-off the process to develop the Short-Term Action Plan for SMEs to build on the findings of the Diagnostic Study. During the first workshop, participants discussed the objectives of the plan, and the consultation process to develop it.


• Workshop Agenda 
• Project Steering Committee agenda 
• Conclusions 
• Workshop presentations (via SlideShare)




Consultative meeting for the diagnostic study 
29-30 July 2015, Istanbul, Turkey

Consultative meeting for the diagnostic study 
25-26 September 2014, Paris, France

Coordination meeting between Libya Enterprise and the OECD 
9-11 December 2013, Tunis, Tunisia

Initial Project ‌Steering Committee meeting 
8-12 September 2013, Tripoli, Libya



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