Publication launch in Washington, DC on Thursday 14 April 2016 Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2016: An OECD Scoreboard


13/04/2016 - Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are crucial to economic growth, jobs and social cohesion. Access to finance is one of the keys to enable small firms to innovate and become more productive. The OECD’s annual Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2016: An OECD Scoreboard analyses the latest information on financing conditions and looks at how access to a diverse set of financing instruments for SMEs can be improved. 


The report will be presented on Thursday 14 April in Washington, DC by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Governor of the People’s Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan. Fostering SME finance for an innovative, invigorated, inter-connected and inclusive economy is an important dimension of China’s agenda during its current presidency of the G20.


The launch event will take place from 9:30 a.m. EST (2:30 pm GMT) at the OECD Washington Centre Conference Room, 1776 Eye Street NW, Suite 450.  Advance registration is possible by email. For security reasons, please register in advance.


For more on OECD’s work on SMEs and entrepreneurship, visit:


Journalists will be allowed advance access to the electronic version of the Scoreboard, by e-mail and under embargo, the day before release.


The report will be sent by e-mail on request only. In asking to receive the report under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures. Requests to receive the report by e-mail under embargo or to obtain a password to access the website should be sent to


For further information on the launch event in Washington, contact the OECD Washington Centre (+1 202 785 6323). For further information on the Scoreboard, contact the OECD Media Office (+33 1 4524 9700).


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