OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook 2019

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The new OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook presents the latest trends in performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and provides a comprehensive overview of business conditions and policy frameworks for SMEs and entrepreneurs.

This year’s edition provides comparative evidence on business dynamism, productivity growth, wage gaps and export trends by firm size across OECD countries and emerging economies. It explores the implications of digitalisation and globalisation for market conditions and SME access to strategic resources such as finance, skills, technology, data and other innovation assets. The report gives comparative analysis of regulatory frameworks and policies to enhance contributions by SMEs and entrepreneurs, and delivers a forward-looking perspective on the opportunities and challenges SMEs and entrepreneurs face in doing business and scaling up their activities. It also contains country profiles outlining the latest developments in national SME performance and business conditions, with expanded country profiles available on line.

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Ireland is among the ten most competitive countries in the world when it comes to business regulation and red tape according to World Bank data. Ireland scores particularly well in terms of starting a business, paying taxes and protecting minority investors. The eGovernment Strategy (2017–20) aims to further improve access to and interaction with government services by businesses (and citizens). It aims, in broad terms, to comply as much as possible with the following general principles of the EU eGovernment Action Plan, i.e. 1) Digital by Default, 2) Only Once Principle, 3) Inclusiveness and Accessibility, 4) Openness and Transparency, 5) Cross-border by Default, 6) Interoperability by Default, 7) Trustworthiness and Security.



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