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2015: SME Competitiveness, Standards and Regulations

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    The working papers listed below are part of ITC’s working paper series. Working papers represent research in progress and are published to elicit comments and to further debate. The opinions expressed in the papers listed below are those of its authors and do not necessarily represent those of ITC, UN or WTO.

    SME Competitiveness, Trade and Development

    In 2014, ITC commissioned a series of 7 working papers from eminent academics and policy experts on the link between SMEs, trade and development globally. The results of this work are listed below alongside a short video of the author's views on SMEs, trade and development.


    SMEs, Trade and Development in South-east Asia [PDF]
    Charles Harvie (School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Faculty of Business,
    University of Wollongong)

    SMEs, Trade and Development in Latin America [PDF]
    Carlo Pietrobelli (Inter-American Development Bank and University Roma Tre)
    Gerald A. McDermott (Darla Moore School of Business University of South Carolina
    and Senior Research Fellow IAE Business School Universidad Austral)

    SMEs, Trade and Development in Africa [PDF]
    Herbert Wamalwa (Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi)
    Dorothy McCormick (Institute for Development Studies,University of Nairobi)

    SMEs, Trade and Development in GCC Countries [PDF]
    Ashraf Ali Mahate (Handam bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai)

    SMEs, Trade and Development in China [PDF]
    Lei Zhang (Shanghai University of International Business and Economics)
    Longxiang Shi (Shanghai Center for Global Trade and Economic Governance and
    School of International Business)
    Hang Zhang (Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, and
    World Trade Institute, Bern)

    SMEs, Trade and Development in Ukraine [PDF]
    Jaroslav Zhalilo (Institute for Economics and Forecasting, Kiev)

    SMEs, Trade and Development in Tunisia [PDF]
    Leila Baghdadi (Tunis Business School)

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      In 2015, ITC launched its new Working Papers series. The first set of working papers focus on SME competitiveness, trade and development.

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      SMEs and Global Markets: The Missing Link for Inclusive Growth, March 2015

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      SME Competitiveness, Trade and Development Workshop, March 2015

      In preparation for the launch a new flagship publication on SME Competitiveness, ITC organized a workshop where the authors of the SMEs, Trade and Development Series presented their initial findings. You can find more information including their presentations here.

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