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    This year’s SME Competitiveness Outlook focuses on the role of regions as a stepping stone for the integration of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into international value chains for goods and services. 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.

    Deep integration is good for value chains. This report provides new evidence that deep regional integration is associated with more value chain activity, which in turn contributes to closing the gap between the competitiveness of SMEs and larger firms. In a changing trade landscape, marked by increased protectionist pressures, lead firms are changing their ways of doing business. One response is to strengthen their regional operations. This is creating opportunities for SMEs, and the report sets out how policymakers can best help translate these opportunities into inclusive, trade-led growth.

    The report:

    • Provides guidance on how policymakers can make their region more attractive for value chain activity;
    • Contains an ‘SME guide to value chains’ that tells individual SMEs how they can make the most of increased value chain activity in their region. 
    • Lists five ways trade and investment support institutions can cooperate at the regional level to foster the value chain-SME nexus.
    • Provides an assessment of the potential of different regions for value chain activity
    • Contains success stories of value chain integration in five countries: Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Kenya and Morocco.
    • Describes how the region played an important role in the success of five SMEs that grew to become global leaders in their field

    The report will be launched on 5 October 2017 in Geneva (WTO, room W; 13:00-14:30) and presented at the World Development Forum (WEDF) in Budapest, Hungary, on October 25.



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