Strengthening SMEs and Entrepreneurship for Productivity and Inclusive Growth

OECD 2018 Ministerial Conference on SMEs

SMEs that grow have a considerable positive impact on employment creation, innovation, productivity growth and competitiveness. Digital technologies and global value chains offer new opportunities for SMEs to participate in the global economy, innovate and strengthen productivity. Yet SMEs are lagging behind in the digital transition and are disproportionately affected by market failures, trade barriers, policy inefficiencies and the quality of institutions. A cross-cutting approach to SME policy can enhance SME innovation and scale-up, as well as their contributions to inclusive growth. This includes a business environment conducive to risk-taking and experimentation by entrepreneurs, as well as access to entrepreneurship competencies, management and workforce skills, technology, innovation, and networks.

Published on July 24, 2019

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Executive Summary
Key Issues
Enabling SMEs to Scale Up
Enhancing SME access to diversified financing instruments
Fostering greater SME participation in a globally integrated economy
Improving the business environment for SMEs through effective regulation
Business transfer as an engine for SME growth
Developing entrepreneurship competencies
Promoting innovation in established SMEs
Strengthening social inclusion through inclusive entrepreneurship
Monitoring and evaluation of SME and entrepreneurship programmes
Annexes3 chapters available
Conference Programme
Declaration on Strengthening SMEs and Entrepreneurs for Productivity and Inclusive Growth
Chair’s Summary
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