SMEs, entrepreneurship and tourism

The joint OECD-ICSB webinar







  November 2020   16:00 – 17:30 CEST (Paris time)   location icon grey tourism Virtual event (Zoom) 



Moderator: Cynthia Lavison, Policy Analyst, OECD

Welcome and Introduction

  • Ayman El Tarabishy, President and CEO, ICSB
  • Céline Kauffmann, Head of SME and Entrepreneurship Division, OECD

Presentation of the International Compendium of Entrepreneurship Policies

  • David Halabisky, Policy Analyst, OECD
  • Jonathan Potter, Head of Entrepreneurship Policy and Analysis Unit, OECD

Panel Discussion, moderated by Ayman El Tarabishy, President and CEO, ICSB

  • Professor Colin Mason, University of Glasgow, UK, and Compendium contributor
  • Torsten Anderson, Deputy Director General, Danish Business Authority, Denmark and WPSMEE delegate 
  • Andrew McDonald, Chair, Small Business Investment Committee, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 
  • Ana Costa Paula, Head of Business Policy Unit at General-Directorate for Economic Activities at the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition, Portugal and WPSMEE delegate
  • Vicki Stylianou, Institute of Public Accountants, Australia & ICSB Board


Wrap up

  • Jonathan Potter, Head of Unit, OECD and Ayman El Tarabishy, President and CEO, ICSB


 Watch the panellist videos from the event:















Read the Summary Report of the Webinar







Cover International Compendium Entrepreneurship policies

Read the report




Entrepreneurship is a driver of job creation, economic growth and social cohesion. However, appropriate policy interventions are required to exploit its potential; both to create the right framework conditions for new firm development and to offer direct support to help entrepreneurs and start-ups overcome specific barriers in areas such as finance, innovation and skills. There is increased interest in policies and programmes that promote and support the creation of businesses with job creation and innovation potential, yet are not likely to reach the growth levels of gazelles or unicorns. Such policies are all the more relevant in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, as appropriately designed entrepreneurship policies could contribute to recovery and renewal.

The range of instruments available to policymakers to support entrepreneurship is wide, and international experience can offer valuable insight on how to build effective policies and programmes for different objectives and diverse and rapidly evolving local contexts.  As policymakers are gearing up to design policy packages for recovery while continuing efforts to support entrepreneurs in important economic transitions (e.g. digitalisation, move towards a greener economy), this webinar will inform their efforts in two ways.

First, it will take stock of recent developments and approaches in entrepreneurship policy, building on the recently published OECD International Compendium of Entrepreneurship Policies. The publication examines the rationale for entrepreneurship policy, presents a typology of policy approaches and highlights principles for success. The points are illustrated by 16 inspiring policy case studies from 12 OECD countries.

Second, the webinar will bring together a panel of OECD and ICSB experts and policymakers to discuss the future of entrepreneurship policies.

For more information: Jonathan Potter (, David Halabisky ( and Cynthia Lavision (





The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is an organization dedicated to providing knowledge, information on new developments, and useful resources to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises to inspire growth and profitability. Represented in 85 countries, the organization is the premier platform for entrepreneurial growth through research skills development, career advancement opportunities, live events, and community partnership initiation












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