SME Policy Index: The Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa 2014

Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe

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This report assesses the elaboration and implementation of SME policy in eight Middle East and North African economies of the southern Mediterranean shore. The assessment is structured according to the ten policy principles covered in the Small Business Act for Europe (the SBA). One of the main findings is that over the last five years there has been progress in SME policy elaboration and implementation in spite of the political and economic turmoil. However, that progress has been modest, incremental and uneven across economies and dimensions. Political and economic stability, as well as institutional development, had a major impact on policy performance.

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Support services for SMEs and public procurement

SBA principle: Adapt public policy tools to SME needs

This chapter analyses public policy tools that help SMEs in accessing markets and procurement opportunities. The chapter is divided into two policy subdimensions: business services and public procurement. The first policy dimension gives an overview of the public policy tools to address information gaps and the limited availability of business services for small firms. The second focuses on giving SMEs an equal chance to participate in public procurement. Despite overall progress since the 2008 assessment and the fact that start-up support and incubators are now present in all economies, MED economies continue to perform poorly in the collection, analysis and dissemination of relevant of information for SMEs through both traditional and online channels.

Moving forward, MED economies could improve access to information on services for enterprises, continue the provision of tailor-made support services for SMEs, design business support services in a comprehensive way and not only as part of ad hoc initiatives, and step up efforts to facilitate SME access to public procurement.

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