SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries 2020

Assessing the Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe

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The SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries 2020 – Assessing the Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe is a unique benchmarking tool to assess and monitor progress in the design and implementation of SME policies against EU and international best practice. It is structured around the ten principles of the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA), which provide a wide range of pro-enterprise measures to guide the design and implementation of SME policies. This report marks the third edition in this series, following assessments in 2012 and 2016. It provides a comprehensive overview of the state of play in the implementation of the ten SBA principles, and monitors progress made since 2016. It also identifies remaining challenges affecting SMEs in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and provides recommendations to address them based on EU and international good practice examples. The 2020 edition also features a novelty: An assessment of three new dimensions going beyond core SME policy (competition, contract enforcement and business integrity) looking at key structural reform priorities that are critical to establishing a level playing field for enterprises of all sizes and ownership types.

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Belarus: Small Business Act country profile

In recent years, the Government of Belarus has been increasing its efforts to promote private-sector development, strengthen the position of SMEs and sustain growth, employment and resilience. Noteworthy achievements since the previous SBA assessment include the recent adoption of an SME Development Strategy 2030 and the elaboration of provisions for the establishment of an SME agency. In addition, the adoption of Presidential Decree No. 7 “On the Development of Entrepreneurship” substantially simplified regulations for doing business as it includes provisions for minimising state interference in business operations, presuming the good faith of enterprises, and banning the introduction of new taxes until 2020.However, SMEs’ contribution to value added and employment in the business sector remains limited and state-owned enterprises continue to play a disproportionate role in the economy. To increase the competitiveness of Belarusian SMEs, the authorities could reinforce their efforts to create level-playing-field conditions for all firms regardless of size and ownership status, establish a healthy competition culture in the economy and support the development of entrepreneurial human capital.



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