SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries 2016

Assessing the Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe

The SME Policy Index is a benchmarking tool designed for emerging economies to assess SME policy frameworks and monitor progress in policy implementation over time. The Index has been developed by the OECD in partnership with the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the European Training Foundation (ETF) in 2006. For the Eastern Partner Countries, the assessment framework is structured around the ten principles of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA), providing a wide-range of pro-enterprise measures to guide the design and implementation of SME policies based on good practices promoted by the EU and the OECD. It is applied to the Eastern Partner Countries for the second time since 2012. The Index identifies strengths and weaknesses in policy design and implementation, allows for comparison across countries and measures convergence towards good practices and relevant policy standards. It aims to support governments in setting targets for SME policy development and to identify strategic priorities to further improve the business environment. It also helps to engage governments in policy dialogue and exchange good practices within the region and with OECD and EU members.

Published on November 23, 2015

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Foreword and acknowledgements
Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Overview: 2016 Small Business Act assessment of Eastern partner countries
2016 SME Policy Index scores for Eastern partner countries
Policy framework and assessment process
Economic context and the role of SMEs in the Eastern partner countries
Small Business Act assessment: Findings by SBA dimension10 chapters available
Entrepreneurial learning and women's entrepreneurship (Dimension 1) in Eastern partner countries
Bankruptcy and second chance for SMEs (Dimension 2) in Eastern partner countries
Institutional and regulatory framework for SME policy making (Dimension 3) in Eastern partner countries
Operational environment for SMEs (Dimension 4) in Eastern partner countries
Support services for SMEs and start-ups and public procurement (Dimensions 5a and 5b) in Eastern partner countries
Access to finance for SMEs (Dimension 6) in Eastern partner countries
Standards and technical regulations (Dimension 7) in Eastern partner countries
Enterprise skills and innovation (Dimensions 8a and 8b) in Eastern partner countries
SMEs in a green economy (Dimension 9) in Eastern partner countries
Internationalisation of SMEs (Dimension 10) in Eastern partner countries
Small Business Act assessment: Eastern partner country profiles6 chapters available
Armenia: Small Business Act country profile
Azerbaijan: Small Business Act country profile
Belarus: Small Business Act country profile
Georgia: Small Business Act country profile
Republic of Moldova: Small Business Act country profile
Ukraine: Small Business Act country profile
Annexes2 chapters available
Methodology for the Small Business Act assessment – Technical annex
Organisation profiles
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