Over the past few years, the global economy has suffered profound shocks that have
had a marked impact on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs.
While government support protected SMEs from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,
new threats have emerged. Rising geopolitical tensions and global financial risks,
high inflation, tightening monetary and fiscal policies, labour shortages, high trade
barriers and slowing integration into global value chains all contribute to a more
challenging business environment for SMEs. Meanwhile, there is an urgent need to accelerate
the contribution of SMEs and entrepreneurship to the green and digital transitions
and help them navigate a changing international trade and investment landscape. Against
this background, the OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook 2023 provides new evidence
on recent trends in SME performance, changing business conditions, and policy implications.
It reflects on the broad underlying theme of SME integration into a series of networks,
including global production and supply-chain networks and the role of women led-businesses
in international trade, knowledge and innovation networks, and skill ecosystems,
as well as the main policies in place to ensure SMEs can integrate these networks
and benefit from the ongoing transformations they go through. The report also contains
statistical country profiles that benchmark the 38 OECD across a set of indicators.
Published on June 27, 2023 Latest available edition in: French