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SME Competitiveness Outlook

  • The SME Competitiveness Outlook (SMECO) is ITC's flagship report, published annually since 2015. Each report provides an in-depth analysis on a particular topic related to 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. Furthermore, the reports feature country profiles containing SME competitiveness assessments and information on each country's export and diversification potential by sector.

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  • Promoting SME competitiveness in the Gambia

    SheTrades: Promoting SME Competitiveness in Sri Lanka

    Uganda: Company Perspectives – An ITC Series on Non-Tariff Measures

    What sells in e-commerce: New evidence from Asian LDCs

    Exploring Malawi's export potential

    La médiation et l’arbitrage de litiges commerciaux dans l’espace UEMOA

    Mediation and arbitration in UEMOA countries (FR)

    How to reach Chinese e-consumers: A practical guide for small businesses

    Mali: Company Perspectives - An ITC Series on Non-Tariff Measures (in French)

    Ecuador: Company Perspectives - An ITC Series on Non-Tariff Measures (in Spanish)

    Promoting SME Competitiveness in Hungary

    Moving forward The future of trade and investment promotion

    Charting a roadmap to regional integration with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

    SME Guide to Value Chains

    Bangladesh: Company perspectives – An ITC Series on Non-Tariff Measures

    Guidelines for providing product sustainability information

    Managing Quality in Egypt: A Directory of Services for SMEs (Arabic)

    How strategic are trade strategies? Trends for effective development

    Nepal: Company Perspectives – An ITC Series on Non-Tariff Measures

    World Tariff Profiles 2017

    SME Competitiveness Outlook 2017 – The region: A door to global trade (Executive Summary)

    SME Competitiveness Outlook 2017 – The region: A door to global trade

    Reforming logistics services for effective trade facilitation

    New Pathways to E-commerce: A Global MSME Competitiveness Survey

    SheTrades: Promoting SME Competitiveness in Kenya

    SheTrades: Promoting SME Competitiveness in Indonesia

    Social and environmental standards: From fragmentation to coordination

    Status, Opportunities and Challenges of BRICS e-commerce

    A practical guide for SMEs: ISO 14046 Water footprint

    BRICS countries: Emerging players in global services trade

    Tourism for Sustainable Development in Least Developed Countries

    Aid for Trade at a Glance 2017: Closing the small-business and gender gap to make trade more inclusive

    Managing Quality in Jordan: A directory of services for SMEs (Arabic)

    Managing Quality in State of Palestine: A directory of services for SMEs (Arabic)

    Managing Quality in State of Palestine: A directory of services for SMEs

    Managing Quality in Jordan: A directory of services for SMEs

    Managing Quality in Nepal: A directory of services for SMEs

    The State of Sustainable Markets 2017: Statistics and Emerging Trends

    Inclusive Tourism: Opportunity Study Guidelines

    Inclusive Tourism: Environmental Management and Climate Change

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      SME Competitiveness, Trade and Development Workshop, March 2015

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