Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
On Thursday October 6 the International Trade Centre will launch SME Competitiveness Outlook (SMECO) 2016. The launch will take place at the World Trade Organization, Room CR, from 13:00-14:30. A buffet lunch will be provided from 12:30-13:00.
This year’s report focuses on standards and regulations - often referred to as non-tariff measures (NTMs) by trade practitioners. The report combines data analysis, academic insights, thought leader opinions and case studies to provide guidance for policymakers, SME managers and standard setters.
Standards and regulations have a major impact on SME competitiveness. By meeting the standard for trade, the theme of the 2016 edition, SMEs increase their chances to connect to international value chains and consumers in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner.The report contains:
Under the guidance of moderator Ms. Jacqueline Coté, Director Public Relations, Graduate Institute, a distinguished panel will discuss key themes of the SME CO 2016. Please save the date for what we hope to be an interesting and stimulating event. Participants are required to RSVP by sending an email to Shakira Lakdawalla, indicating the participant’s name, position and affiliation. Registered participants without UN or WTO accreditation need to bring official identification.We look forward to seeing you on 6 October to learn more about your views on the role standards and regulations for SMEs in global trade.
Mr. Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UNECEMr. Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary General, UNCTADMr. Kevin McKinley, Acting Secretary General, ISOMr. Seth Twum-Akwaboah, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Ghana IndustriesMr. Yves Jobin, Senior Business Development Director, SGSMr. Ronald Davies, Professor of Economics, University College DublinModerator: Ms. Jacqueline Coté, Director Public Relations, Graduate Institute
The SME Competitiveness Outlook is ITC's flagship report, published annually since 2015. Each report provides an in-depth analysis on a particular topic related to the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – from their contribution to inclusive growth to their participation in regional value chains. The reports combine data analysis, academic insights, thought leader opinions, and case studies to provide guidance for policymakers, business managers, and trade and investment support institutions. In addition, the reports contain country profiles for over 80 countries with statistics on the competitiveness of SMEs.