SMEs and entrepreneurship

G20 & SMEs


Across all stages of their life cycle, SMEs require access to appropriate sources of financing for their creation and growth. The OECD is developing research to improve SMEs' access to finance.

  • What's the issue?

SMEs and SME policies are high on the agenda of diverse international fora, including the G20. Several G20 presidencies have included SME questions among priorities. They are also a focus of G20 bodies, including the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), and its SME finance subgroup, or the B20, which has created SME-related task forces.

  • What can the OECD offer?

The OECD has strongly contributed to the G20 SME agenda, in particular as regards SME finance, with the G20/OECD High-Level Principles on SME Financing and the report on G20/OECD Effective Approaches for Implementing the G20/OECD High-Level Principles on SME Financing, or through its contribution to platforms like the GPFI.


The OECD participated in the last T20 Task Force on SMEs: Policy faced with Development of Financial Technology. Three policies briefs were edited and available in the links below:



  • SME Finance
  • Digital SMEs
  • SME in GVCs




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For further information, please contact Miriam Koreen.


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