SME Policy Index: The Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa 2014

Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe

Published on September 23, 2014

Also available in: French


This report assesses the elaboration and implementation of SME policy in eight Middle East and North African economies of the southern Mediterranean shore. The assessment is structured according to the ten policy principles covered in the Small Business Act for Europe (the SBA). One of the main findings is that over the last five years there has been progress in SME policy elaboration and implementation in spite of the political and economic turmoil. However, that progress has been modest, incremental and uneven across economies and dimensions. Political and economic stability, as well as institutional development, had a major impact on policy performance.


Organisation profiles
Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Key findings for the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa region
The policy framework, methodology and assessment process
Economic and SME overview of the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa region
Results of the assessment by Small Business Act for Europe dimension10 chapters available
Education and training for entrepreneurship, including training for women's entrepreneurship
Efficient bankruptcy procedures and “second chance” for entrepreneurs
Institutional and regulatory framework for SME policy making
Operational environment for business creation
Support services for SMEs and public procurement
Access to finance for SMEs
Supporting SMEs to benefit from Euro-Mediterranean networks and partnerships
Enterprise skills and innovation
SMEs in a green economy
Internationalisation of SMEs
Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa Economy Profiles10 chapters available
Overview of Libya
Assessment grid and weights
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