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    This year’s SME Competitiveness Outlook focuses on standards and regulations. The report combines data analysis, academic insights, thought leader opinions and case studies to provide guidance for policymakers, business 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:

    • Governance insights for voluntary sustainability standards;
    • New evidence on how standards and regulations affect trade and business performance;
    • Guidance for SMEs on how to select and implement standards and regulations;
    • A policy action plan to strengthen SMEs’ ability to meet standards and regulations.

    Executive Summary [English] [French] [Spanish] [German]

    Full Report [English]
    Part I : Standards and Regulations Matter [English]
    Part II : SME Competitiveness and Export Potential [English]
    Country Profiles and Technical Annex [English]

    Launch event programme

    Press Materials

    Press Release


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