SME Policy Index 2014: The Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa
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The publication provides policy makers with a framework to improve the national SME policies in the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa.
Key findings for the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa region
Economic and SME overview of the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa region
Results of the assessment by SME policy dimension
Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa Economy profiles
About the publication
More and better jobs can only be generated by sustained economic growth driven by a dynamic private enterprise sector. SMEs are a vital component of the economy and account for a large proportion of job creation. They also have an important potential for innovation and value creation. It is therefore not surprising that SME development ranks high in the economic agenda of most countries in the MENA region.
The report analyses strengths and weaknesses in policy design and implementation, compares experiences and performance and sets priorities for SME development in the region. It provides policy makers with a framework to improve their national SME policies.
The assessment was conducted in 2013 within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean process of industrial co-operation and is based on the policy framework of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA), an instrument to guide policy reforms and improve SME policy in the European Union and in neighbouring countries. It builds on the methodology of the SME Policy Index, which allows international policy comparisons and the identification of good practices and areas where progress is needed. The report is an update of a similar exercise carried out in MED economies in 2008, based on the Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise.
- View the 2008 Report on Implementation of the Euro-Mediterranean Charter for Enterprise: 2008 Enterprise Policy Assessment
The assessment was performed through a highly collaborative and consultative process involving MED governments and public institutions, private sector organisations and civil society. It was undertaken by the European Commission, the European Training Foundation and co-operated by the OECD in co-operation with the European Investment Bank. The Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA) contributes financially to the work of the OECD in the region through the MENA-OECD Investment Pogramme.