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    The SME Competitiveness Outlook is ITC’s annual flagship publication. It focuses on SME performance in international markets, because SMEs are critical for making growth more inclusive. The report combines data analysis, academic insights, views from business and policy leaders, as well as company success stories and case studies to paint a cutting-edge, comprehensive picture of SMEs in the global economy.

    Regional trade is the most common form of trade for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs typically look at neighboring countries for their first international operation. This year’s report addresses regional integration initiatives and value chains, and factors helping SMEs to enter and upgrade within regional production networks.

    The report provides evidence-based, actionable conclusions:

    The chapter, SME Guide to Value Chains, helps SMEs to

    • Get selected by buyers;
    • Operate within value chains;
    • Move up in these chains;

    The section for policymakers on ‘thinking regional’ covers

    • The trade-investment-tax nexus;
    • The role of infrastructure within the region;
    • Upping the game: skills, institutional quality, and innovation;
    • Inclusiveness: gender and SMEs;

    The chapter on regional institutions helps regional actors organize regional trade and investment promotion.

    Country profiles and regional analysis can assist policymakers, value chain actors and investors to benchmark SME performance regionally and globally. The in-depth analysis available for five countries shows how SMEs perform compared to other firms in the region as well as international competitors within a given value chain.

    The report will be launched in October 2017 in Geneva and at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Budapest, Hungary.

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      ITC presented its new annual flagship publication, the SME Competitiveness Outlook 2015. This year’s theme was: Connect, Compete, and Change for inclusive growth. The report contains rich data for trade and investment institutions, and investors.

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

      At this ITC policy debate first findings of the forthcoming ITC SME Competitiveness Outlook were presented to the Geneva based policy and trade expert community as part of ITC’s consultation exercise on the forthcoming flagship publication.

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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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