Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Welcome to the International Trade Centre’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.
ITC produced two working papers on the theme of business ecosystems, the topic of the 2018 SME Competitiveness Outlook. The papers were commissioned to provide the Outlook with novel research findings on the impact of business support and training on SMEs. Find out more here.
ITC produced three working papers on the theme of regionalism, the topic of the 2017 SME Competitiveness Outlook. The papers were produced to provide the Outlook with novel research findings on the impact of regional trade agreements and value chain on SMEs. Find out more here.
ITC commissioned five working papers on the theme of Standards and Regulations, the topic of the 2016 SME Competitiveness Outlook. The papers were commissioned to provide the Outlook with fresh, cutting edge research findings. Find out more here.
ITC commissioned five working papers on the theme of connect, compete and change for inclusive growth, the topic of the 2015 SME Competitiveness Outlook. The papers were commissioned to provide the Outlook with fresh, cutting edge research findings. Find out more here.
The first seminar in support of the Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment, which over 120 WTO members and observers endorsed on the margins of the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference, will be held on Friday 16 March 2018 at the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland...
The Hungarian National Trading House (HNTH), in collaboration with the International Trading Centre, has conducted a firm level data collection exercise to assess the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in three key sectors of the country’s economy ...
Businesses and policymakers have strategic choices to make about selecting and investing in standards, a key to international value chains. This session outlined key findings of ITC’s flagship report “SME Competitiveness Outlook 2016: Meeting the Standard for Trade” and showed how businesses and policymakers can address these issues...
As part of the 2015 Trade and Development Symposium taking place in Nairobi, ITC and IDB are organising a joint session to discuss how SMEs can effectively connect to global markets. The increased integration of developing countries into the global trading system continues to transform the trade landscape. The logic of such integration is that firms can no longer just rely on being competitive in the domestic, or even regional, market to ensure their long-term survival. Watch the event here.
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.
In 2015, ITC launched its new Working Papers series. The first set of working papers focus on SME competitiveness, trade and development.
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.
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.