Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
About this report
The SME Competitiveness Outlook 2020 analyses the impact of the pandemic on small firms, international supply chains and trade. It provides projections and a 15‑point action plan for businesses, policymakers and business support organizations to weather the crisis - and gear up for a 'new normal' that needs to be resilient, digital, inclusive and sustainable.
The report combines analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on firms based on a large‑scale global survey, with case studies and a thought leader viewpoint. The projected drop in supply chain trade is evaluated by region, and in 85 country profiles.
The SME Competitiveness Outlook is ITC's flagship report, published annually since 2015. Each report provides an in-depth analysis on a particular topic related to the competitiveness of 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. In addition, the reports contain country profiles for over 80 countries with statistics on the competitiveness of SMEs.