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      Why SMEs are the bedrock of the Liberian transformation agenda

      Slowly but surely, Liberia is rising. Since 2003, the country has enjoyed peace, two democratic elections, and the economic recovery has been progressing steadily in the past decade. For a country traumatized by years of conflict and instability, these are important achievements. With the Ebola crisis behind us, we are now looking to the future...

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      In business, David and Goliath should sometimes work together

      Competition has been the engine behind business and supply chains since the two sprung into existence. Even back when the first people swapped goods and bartered for services – and when the term ‘supply chain’ was millennia away from being coined – competition was a driving force...


      Risk management and readiness to change within international value chains

      In the last three to four decades, advances in technology and an enabling policy environment have allowed businesses to internationalize their operations across multiple locations in order to increase efficiency, lower costs, speed up production, and provide new opportunities to millions of workers...


      Learning to grow: Revitalizing the SME agenda

      That SMEs are critical to inclusive growth has become axiomatic. SMEs employ a large share of workers in developing countries – the largest share in lower income countries – and create more jobs than larger firms...


      The World SME Forum and the B20 agenda

      The Turkish Presidency of the G20 centres on the principles of inclusivity, implementation and investment as the main pillars to re-establish a healthy global economy. These priorities are both pragmatic and far-reaching...

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      Buenos Aires Declaration on Women and Trade: first seminar on gender-based analysis and trade

      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...

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      Promoting SME Competitiveness in Hungary

      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 ...

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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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