4th Digital for SMEs roundtable


A Global initiative to support SMEs in going digital

The D4SME Global Initiative is a platform for OECD governments, large business, industry experts
and the SMEs themselves to work together on the digital transformation of SMEs.

The initiative places a specific emphasis on the diverse opportunities and needs for the large “missing middle” of “traditional” SMEs
and entrepreneurs that are not yet digitalised and on their role for an effective,
inclusive and sustainable digital transition of the whole economy.

Three pillars underpin the development of the Initiative:


What now for digitalisation of SMEs?

Many SMEs are lagging behind the digital transition. Most of them ignore the potential benefits in productivity and competitiveness, cannot clearly identify their needs, or do not have enough capabilities or financial resources to access and effectively use digital instruments. The SME digital gap slows productivity growth and widens inequalities among people, firms and locations. The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly accelerated the need for businesses to operate digitally, making this issue a top policy priority for OECD government.




Programme of Work










Chair of the Initiative

The Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Small Business, New Zealand and Chair of the OECD “Digital for SMEs” global initiative.

There will be no digital transformation without SMEs. The OECD Digital for SMEs could not come at a better time, as we need to make sure that all our businesses are on board on the digital transformation journey. I am thrilled to chair this fantastic initiative to help drive this global agenda forward.

Watch the speeches of The Hon Stuart Nash during the last D4SME Roundtables.


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