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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:
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.
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.