The rapid growth of entrepreneurship and small firms has been one of the greatest successes in post-Communist transformation in Poland. SMEs have greatly contributed to employment, investment and value added in the Polish economy. However, key barriers to further growth remain in the business environment for SMEs and entrepreneurs. This book sets out the current SME and entrepreneurship climate, reviews SME and entrepreneurship issues and policies at national and local levels, and provides observations and recommendations for improving and supporting entrepreneurship and SMEs in Poland.
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This report identifies and discusses employment and skills strategies in Southeast Asia. The aim of the exercise is to identify a number of characteristics and trends of employment and skills development in the region which can be explored and addressed further by the ESSSA initiative.
Outcomes of the OECD LEED Employment and Skills Strategies in Southeast Asia (ESSSA) initiative: background research on national and local initiatives, results of a dedicated survey in the region, conferences and other work to provide guidance on ways to rebuild employment.
The “Fulfilling Promise” OECD LEED project is analysing strategic approaches to improving employment outcomes for ethnic minority and immigrant youth.
The study of Apulia aims to review policies and assets of the Region, so to provide recommendations and guidance to: (i) implement new sustainable tourism development strategies;(ii) strengthen the value of Apulia destination’s sites proposition;(iii) foster skills and capacities at local level.
The second seminar of the 2010 LEED FIELD project focused on measuring skills and human capital in local economies. This workshop reviewed the innovative tools and methods used, as part of local information systems, by local development organisations.Venue: Paris (France)
This Review of Venice, Italy, offers a comprehensive assessment of the city-region’s economy and the extent to which its land use, labour market and environmental policies embrace a metropolitan vision. A new understanding of the provinces of Padua, Treviso and Venice as an interconnected city-region of 2.6 million people guides this study. Venice ranks as among the most dynamic and productive city-regions in the OECD, with high employment levels and growth rates. Though it has thrived on a model of small firms and industrial clusters, it is undergoing a deep economic transformation. Venice confronts growing environmental challenges as a result of rising traffic congestion and costly infrastructure pressures, exacerbated by sprawl. Demographics are also changing, due to ageing inhabitants, immigrant settlement and the rapid depopulation of the historic city of Venice.
This report offers a comparative analysis of these issues, utilising the OECD’s metropolitan database to benchmark productivity and growth. It draws on regional economics, urban planning, transportation studies and hydrology to throw light on the changes within the city-region. In light of planned inter-city rail extensions, the Review calls for programmes to increase economic synergies between Venice and its neighbours. It evaluates key tools for promoting economic growth and metropolitan governance and proposes enhanced co-ordination of land use policies, additional business development services for small and medium-sized businesses, and the enlargement of university-linked innovation. Given frequent flooding, the report appraises the quality of metropolitan water governance and Venice’s potential to become a powerful reference for climate change adaptation.
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The dialogue between the OECD and the Vatican provided an opportunity to examine and reflect on how to understand the new trends in the relationship between state, market and society, together with new ideas on how to enhance the role of social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.
"Greening the economy" is today one of the most pressing issues in OECD countries. This seminar reviewed the impact of climate change on local labour markets and studied the different tools and methods that can be used to help the transition to a greener local economy.