About the SME Ministerial Conference

Ministers and high-level representatives from 55 OECD Member and Non-Member countries, the European Union, and 12 international organisations and associations gathered in Mexico City, Mexico on 22-23 February 2018 at the OECD Ministerial Conference on SMEs to discuss how to enable SMEs to enhance their contributions to productivity and inclusive growth.

SME Ministerial Declaration

At the closing session of the Ministerial Conference, 55 countries adopted the Declaration on Strengthening SMEs and Entrepreneurship for Productivity and Inclusive Growth (also available in French).

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Ministerial family photo

Ministers and high-level representatives in Mexico City on 22 February 2018.

Meeting documents

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Observer roundtable on SMEs

Why do SMEs matter for productivity and inclusive growth, and what new policies are needed for their development? 

We asked our experts: Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Faruk Özlü, Cathy Feingold, Jackie KingElisa Giuliani and Lamia Kamal-Chaoui.

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2018 SME Scoreboard

Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2018

The 2018 OECD Scoreboard was launched on 21 February by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Mexican Minister of the economy.


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Side events

21 February 2018

Side event on women's entrepreneurship

This interactive workshop explored the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs through a moderated discussion, with time allotted for questions and discussion with the audience. Key issues covered include digitalisation, access to finance and internationalisation.

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20-21 February 2018

Workshop on boosting SME productivity

This OECD-INADEM workshop examined the main policy levers for increasing SME productivity by building linkages with other firms, including through digital technologies, supply-chain finance and crowdfunding, cluster development and FDI-SME linkages. 

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Meeting documentation




Key issues



Chair's summary