Removing Barriers to SME Access to International Markets

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OECD
07 Apr 2008
Pages:
214
ISBN:
9789264045866 (PDF) ;9789264040243(print)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264045866-en

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Although SMEs are a major source of growth and job creation, SMEs appear to be under-represented in the international economy relative to their contribution in national and local economies. Two original OECD-APEC surveys investigated how SME policy makers and SMEs perceive the barriers to SME access to international markets. This proceedings presents a report on the results of the surveys, a synthesis of the conference discussions, and the main outcome of the conference: the Athens Action Plan for Removing Barriers to SME Access to International Markets.
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Table of Contents

Executive Summary
PART I
Chapter 1. Background Report
Chapter 2. The Role of Trade Barriers in SME Internationalisation
PART II. ABRIDGED PROCEEDINGS OF THE OECD-APEC GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON REMOVING BARRIERS TO SME ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS
Chapter 3. Synopsis of Selected Speeches, Presentations, and Conclusions on Internal and External Barriers
-Official Opening: Key Remarks from Speeches
-Synthesis: Plenary Keynote Session
-Synthesis: Workshop A: Internal Barriers to Internationalisation
-Synthesis: Workshop B: External Barriers to Internationalisation
-Closing Speeches from the Greek Authorities and the OECD
-Annex. Supporting Material
ANNEXES
-Definition of SMEs
-List of Government Support Programmes
-Member Economy Policymaker Survey
-Survey of SME Perceptions of Barriers to their Internationalisation
-Classification of Barriers
-Methodological Considerations
-Responses to the Member Economy Policymaker Survey
-Barriers as Perceived by Member Economies
-Responses to SME Survey by OECD/APEC Economies
-Cpmplete Results from Likert-Scale Ranking
-Completer Results from Top Ten Ranking
-Differences in Perceived Barriers by Subgroups
-Comments of SMEs on Usefulness of Government Support
-ANOVA Analysis of Barrier Assessment by Export Status
-Match of Perceived Barriers
-Trade Barrier Issues Reported in Previous Business Surveys
-Confernece Programme
-The Athens Action Plan for Removing Barriers to SME Access to International Markets
-Proposal for a BIAC-OECD Initiative to Facilitate SME Access to International Markets

 
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