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SME Competitiveness

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    This year’s report focuses on regions as a stepping stone to international value chains for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It provides new evidence showing that deep regional integration is good for SMEs. These agreements can be both powerful and inclusive.

    The report combines data analysis, academic insights, thought leader opinions and case studies to provide guidance for policymakers, business managers and trade and investment support institutions.

    The report provides:

    • Guidance on how policymakers can make their region more attractive for value chains; 
    • ‘SME guide to value chains’ on how SMEs can make the most of value chain activity; 
    • Ways trade and investment support institutions can cooperate at the regional level; 
    • Assessment of the potential of different regions for value chain activity; 
    • Success stories of value chain integration in: Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Kenya and Morocco; 
    • Success stories of five SMEs that grew to become global leaders using the regional as a platform for internationalization.

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    • WEDF 2017: Trade - A force for good: Include, Innovate, Integrate

      WEDF 2017: Trade - A force for good: Include, Innovate, Integrate

      New directions for regional trade are emerging, such as the One Belt, One Road initiative. This high-level public-private dialogue looks at opportunities for SMEs in regional trade routes. It also features the international launch of the SME Competitiveness Outlook 2017....

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      WEDF 2016: Standards, a Gateway to Global Markets

      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...

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      TDS 2015: SMEs, Connecting to Global Markets

      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.

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      SME Competitiveness: Why it Matters – WEDF, Doha

      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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      ITC 2015 Working Papers

      In 2015, ITC launched its new Working Papers series. The first set of working papers focus on SME competitiveness, trade and development.

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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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