6-7 December 2011, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Policies for the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurship are amongst the priority areas of economic policy, innovation and job creation. Over the last ten years, the countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) have prioritised SME policy and, more recently, entrepreneurship promotion, in view of supporting economic growth, diversification, productivity, innovation and employment.
The OECD and Dubai SME, an agency of the Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai, will host a regional meeting bringing together representatives of GCC governments, national statistics offices and experts, as well as experts from OECD countries and from the OECD Secretariat.
The goals of the meeting are to:
a) present and compare levels of entrepreneurial activity in the GCC countries;
b) review key tools and measures for SME policy development;
c) develop awareness and share good practices on evidence-based policy-making;
d) share good practices developed in OECD countries with regards to data collection (i.e. statistical methods, data harmonisation) and review current statistical capacities in GCC economies; and to
e) bring together entrepreneurship/SME policy experts and statisticians from National Statistics Offices in order identify the needs of MENA economies for a general measurement framework on entrepreneurship and specific issues such as access to finance.